River in Spate

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It is unknown whether this rocky landscape with a rapidly flowing river was based on a place that Jacob van Ruisdael visited. In the past it was assumed that Ruisdael must have travelled north to see such scenery, but no such trip is recorded. It has therefore been suggested that views such as this one may have been inspired by the drawings of the Amsterdam landscape painter Allart van Everdingen, who visited Scandinavia in 1644 and made studies of mountainous landscapes with torrents and waterfalls.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



River in Spate




oil on canvas


H 66 x W 54 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Art Fund from the bequest of Ernest E. Cook of Bath, 1955

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