Watermark: 2 lions rampant; shield divided vertically in 3 bands, 3 x's in center band, crown and cross above.Collector's Mark pasted on back: scroll (belt) containing 3 words, Virtus Patientia Veritas; within scroll the initials R J. Lugt No. 2216: R. Johnson.
On the plate, lower right: Israel ex Cum Privilegis Regis On the plate, lower right margin: 2 On the plate, lower margin, six verse lines in groups of two disposed from left to right: Ce Metal que Pluton dans ses veines enserre, Qui faict en mesme temps, et la paix et la guerre, Attire la soldat, sans creinte des dangers, Du lieu de sa naissance, aux pais estrangers Ou s'estant embarqué pour suivre la Milice Il faut que sa vertu s'arme contre le Vice
Titled and dated along bottom edge A second sketch in upper r. corner is inscribed: Bit of Frieze / The fine members of ---- / are carved so delicately as/ to be almost lost to view from/ below - Like drawing it is more than sculpture
This oil painting is horizontally oriented with gray markings. It is surrounded with rose, gold, and mint matting, with a scroll that reads “H. Saftleven”. The actual work depicts a river scene, with a cliff on the shore of a river to the right. On the cliff are buildings, including what looks like the ruins of a castle tower. A tree leans to the right over the edge of the cliff. Ships populate the river, including one at the shoreline.
Herman Saftleven II was born into a family of artists in Rotterdam though he settled in Utrecht in the 1620s where he recorded views of the city. Following a destructive hurricane in 1674, he sold the city a series of drawings of Utrecht churches that he had done before the buildings were destroyed. He was also known for his botanical drawings of the country estate, Vijverhof, near Utrecht.
In the right foreground of a landscape scene there is a male figure reclining before two tall trees. The figure holds a wooden staff in one arm and points toward his dog with the other. In the distance there is a lake and mountainous landscape replete with many buildings. Several long-necked birds fly in the sky.
Mountainous landscape scene with castle, buildings, resting hunter and dog, and birds in the sky.