The Water Mill (The Trevor Landscape)

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
40-1/4 x 53 in.
Credit line
Gift in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Art Association of Indianapolis in memory of Daniel W. and Elizabeth C. Marmon
Accession number
43.108
Collection
Currently On View In
William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery - H215

Most of Holland is unforested and the enthusiasm for wooded scenes such as this one may reflect a growing desire to escape the complexities of city life for the simpler pleasures of the countryside. This painting, known as the Trevor Landscape after its 18th-century English owner, represents the culmination of a series of picturesque water mills by Hobbema. Like many of his compositions, this one derives from the work of his teacher, Jacob van Ruisdael, who had begun to paint landscapes with water mills in the early 1650s. 

J. Pierpont Morgan [1867-1943], New York and London, by 1907; {1} exhibition and private sale via (M. Knoedler and Company, New York), 1943; {2} purchased by Caroline Marmon Fesler [1878 - 1960] and immediately given as an anonymous gift to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, known until 1968 as the Art Association of Indianapolis, Herron Museum of Art. (43.108)

{1} T[homas] Humphrey Ward et al., Pictures in the Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan at Prince’s Gate and Dover House, vol. 2, London 1907, n. p. (ill.). The early provenance of this painting, famously known as The Trevor Landscape after the first recorded owner of the picture, the 4th Baron Trevor [1701-1783], is recorded in both C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, vol. 4, London 1911, no. 87, and Georges Broulhiet, Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), Paris 1938, cat. no. 101 (ill).
{2} See Collection of J.P. Morgan, Exhibition of Paintings, New York, 23 November to 11 December, 1943, cat. no. 19, and Morgan Art Works will be put on sale, New York Times, 8 October 1943, p. 11.
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