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Theophile de Bock 1851-1904
N02873 Woudrichem 1890s (?)
Inscribed 'Th de Bock' b.r.
Oil on panel, 13 x 17 1/2 (33 x 44)
Presented by J.C.J. Drucker to the National Gallery 1912; transferred c.1920
Prov: Anon. sale, Frederick Muller's, Amsterdam, 8 November 1904, lot 182 as 'Vue d'une Fleuve en Zélande'; bt. Goupil, The Hague; J.C.J. Drucker, London, 1904
Woudrichem is a small town in south-western Holland, at the junction of the Maas and the Waal, seventeen miles north-west of 's Hertogenbosch. This picture appears to be fairly late work.
There is a number 28326 on the back which is its number in the records of the Goupil Gallery, The Hague, now deposited at the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie in The Hague. The record books list it as 'Woudrichem' and note that it was bought at the Kijzer sale on 11 November 1904 and sold on 6 December 1904 to J.C.J. Drucker. However it was not from the Rudolf J. Kijzer sale itself (which was actually on 8 November), but was among works from 'various collections' sold later the same day; it was catalogued under the title 'View of a River in Zeeland'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.63, reproduced p.63