Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.


How you can use this image


This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Buy a print or image licence

You can purchase this reproduction

If you have any products in your basket we recommend that you complete your purchase from Art UK before you leave our site to avoid losing your purchases.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

This view, which recalls the rocky waterfalls of Van Everdingen (q.v.), may also have been inspired by Ruisdael’s travels on the Dutch-German border in c.1650–1651. The splintered trees, dramatic sky and the scale of the rocky outcrop, which overwhelms the tiny figures and cottages perched precariously above, suggests the insignificance of man before nature. The waterfall and the flowering bush by the dead tree have also been interpreted as possible vanitas motifs, reminding the spectator of the fragility of human life. The confined composition and tight execution of trees and foliage suggest a date in the 1650s. Something of the picture’s emotional appeal to a nineteenth-century audience is conveyed by its description in the sale catalogue of the Brussels banker Daniel Danoot in 1828: ‘one marvels at the gravity of its effects; everything here is virile, severe and powerful’.

The Wallace Collection





oil on canvas


H 102.8 x W 125.2 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1861; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type



You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue