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Barend Cornelis Koekkoekartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanMiddelburg 1803-1862 Kleef (Duitsland)

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Portrait of artist, painter, watercolourist and draughtsman Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Portrait of Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

As the eldest son, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek seemed destined to succeed his father Johannes Hermanus Koekkoek as a marine painter. He learned the principles of painting from his father, while at the same time he took lessons at the Academy of Middelburg, a breeding ground for painters of the sea and ships. With this background and education, a specialization in navies would not have been surprising. However, Barend Cornelis chose the land over the sea. As early as 1822, at an exhibition in his birthplace Middelburg, it becomes clear which genre he prefers. His entry then consists of six landscape watercolors. Here it is still copies after 17th century masters, but soon he will show work of his own invention. His education continues at the academy in Amsterdam, where he studies from 1822 to 1825 as a student of Jean Augustin Daiwaille, his later father-in-law, and Jan Willem Pieneman. Does Barend Cornelis' surprising choice for landscape painting arise from originality and willfulness, qualities that characterize a great artist, or was the wind taken from his sails by his brothers Johannes and Hermanus? Be that as it may, extraordinary artistic prowess and enthusiasm have made him a successful artist, creator of landscapes so beloved by royal circles that they created a waiting list and enthusiasts had to look for their coveted painting for years. Barend Cornelis had five daughters, two of whom devoted themselves to the arts: Maria Louise and Adèle. The first, like her father, specialized in landscapes, while Adèle continued the tradition of her mother Elise Thérèse and painted flower still lifes.

At Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, winter is secondary to summer: it is estimated that he painted about a hundred snow and ice scenes, about a fifth of his oeuvre. It is striking that Koekkoek specialized in the summer landscape, while his contemporary and counterpart Andreas Schelfhout - greatly admired by Barend Cornelis - was especially renowned for his meticulously painted skating scenes. Unlike in most winters in Schelfhout, or that of his 17th-century predecessor Hendrick Avercamp, Barend Cornelis does not show the animated ice entertainment in his earliest snow landscapes, but depicts the silence in nature when she is dressed in white. From the 1930s onwards, the winters were furnished more vividly, and skaters on frozen ditches, canals and lakes made their appearance, making them more similar to Schelfhout's compositions. The winters of Barend Cornelis, however, are often more richly decorated with trees, bushes and castles or ruins. The majestic oak appears in almost all of his paintings, making it almost his logo. This tree is the symbol of strength, power and imperishability, represents immortality and eternal life. In Barend Cornelis' paintings, his presence also emphasizes the insignificance of man in relation to nature. The winter landscape gave Koekkoek the opportunity to immortalize his beloved millennial Wodan oak with its whimsical branch structure in all its bare glory.

Before settling permanently in the German Kleve in 1834, Barend Cornelis lived in Middelburg, Amsterdam, Hilversum and in Beek near Nijmegen. Meanwhile, he traveled through the Netherlands, Belgium and the Rhineland, to the Harz and to Switzerland in search of motifs for romantic ideal landscapes. The German Central Mountains are often the backdrop in its summers. His book 'Memories and Announcements of a Landscape Painter' shows how much the beauty of the German Rhineland landscape touched him, especially the area of ​​the Siebengebirge with the famous Drachenfels. In almost ecstatic terms he says about this: 'At last, here the gaze is presented to a mountainous landscape with a stately stream, which meanders through it in a hundred arcs, and all this creates sensations in the soul, whereby man, in melancholy mood , still feels so well. You no longer think you are standing on the globe, which displays its richest and most beautiful landscapes here. Koekkoek has captured the splendor of this 'poetic natural scene' wonderfully in this painting, while he has also conveyed his experience of overwhelming beauty and sublimity to us. True-to-life representations like these seem at first sight mundane and realistic, but are contained in an idealized composition, in which the 'founding' element of sense of transience should not be forgotten.

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Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Winter landscape with a horse sleigh on the ice, oil on canvas, 44.0 x 58.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1824

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Winter landscape with a horse sleigh on the ice, 1824

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Figures and cows in a mountainous landscape, oil on canvas, 101.0 x 128.8 cm, signed l.l. 'B.C. Koekkoek' in full and 'PG v O' in mon. and painted ca. 1832

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Figures and cows in a mountainous landscape, ca. 1832

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Upcoming storm, oil on panel, 65.5 x 83.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1843

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Upcoming storm, 1843

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A Lower Rhine winter landscape with a church inspired by the church at Aerdt, oil on canvas, 39.7 x 52.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1837

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A Lower Rhine winter landscape with a church inspired by the church at Aerdt, 1837

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A riverscape at sunset, oil on panel, 17.4 x 23.3 cm, signed l.l. with initials and painted 1826

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A riverscape at sunset, 1826

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A view of the river Rhine near Kleve, pen, brush and ink on paper, 23.7 x 31.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1849

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A view of the river Rhine near Kleve

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers near a cottage by the river, watercolour on paper, 14.7 x 19.4 cm, signed l.r.

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Travellers near a cottage by the river

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A river landscape, ink and watercolour on paper, 18.6 x 27.7 cm, signed l.r.

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A river landscape

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Resting country folk near a barn, pen, brush and ink on paper, 17.5 x 22.7 cm, signed l.l.

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Resting country folk near a barn

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Land folk on a sandy path near a village, pen, brush and ink on paper, 17.5 x 26.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Land folk on a sandy path near a village

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Harvest time, Luxemburg, ink and watercolour on paper, 19.6 x 24.9 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1847

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Harvest time, Luxemburg, 1847

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Traveller in a hilly landscape, sepia and washed ink on paper, 21.2 x 27.4 cm, signed l.l. and painted ca. 1833-1840

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Traveller in a hilly landscape, ca. 1833-1840


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Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Land folk on an wooded path, oil on panel, 17.7 x 24.4 cm, signed l.c. and dated 1849

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Land folk on an wooded path, 1849

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A wooded landscape at dawn, oil on panel, 24.1 x 21.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1850

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A wooded landscape at dawn, 1850

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travelers ignoring the storm in a German landscape, oil on panel, 34.7 x 47.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1857

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Travelers ignoring the storm in a German landscape, 1857

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | An academy study of a man's arm, oil on paper, 30.8 x 43.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1824

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An academy study of a man's arm, 1824

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A winter landscape with skaters at sunset, oil on copper, 7.0 x 7.0 cm, signed l.l. with initials and painted ca. 1827-1830

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A winter landscape with skaters at sunset, ca. 1827-1830

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Drovers and their cattle in a summer landscape, oil on canvas, 44.3 x 60.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1827

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Drovers and their cattle in a summer landscape, 1827

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Winter landscape with skaters and a 'koek-en-zopie', oil on panel, 31.4 x 43.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1827

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Winter landscape with skaters and a 'koek-en-zopie', 1827

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Skaters on ice, oil on panel, 23.1 x 30.3 cm, signed l.r. and painted 1834

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Skaters on ice, 1834

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Oak along a little stream'Het Meertje' at Beek near Nijgemegen, oil on canvas, 39.0 x 53.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1840

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Oak along a little stream'Het Meertje' at Beek near Nijgemegen, 1840

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Figures at the ruins of a town gate, oil on copper, 5.7 x 9.1 cm, signed l.l. with initials and painted ca. 1845-1849

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Figures at the ruins of a town gate, ca. 1845-1849

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A wooded landscape with a chapel at sunset, oil on panel, 97.3 x 80.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1850

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A wooded landscape with a chapel at sunset, 1850

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Skaters at sunset, oil on panel, 34.8 x 42.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1835

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Skaters at sunset, 1835

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers at a Lady Chapel in the woods, oil on copper, 5.7 x 9.0 cm, signed l.l. with initials and painted between 1845-1849

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Travellers at a Lady Chapel in the woods

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | An elegant company in a river landscape, oil on canvas, 56.3 x 74.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1831

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An elegant company in a river landscape, 1831

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A shepherd and his flock in a wooded landscape, oil on panel, 39.5 x 50.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1851

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A shepherd and his flock in a wooded landscape, 1851

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | The river Rhine, Germany, oil on panel, 37.9 x 52.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1835

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The river Rhine, Germany, 1835

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers in a winter landscape, oil on panel, 37.0 x 50.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1834

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Travellers in a winter landscape, 1834

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A winter landscape with figures on the ice, oil on panel, 17.9 x 14.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1846

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A winter landscape with figures on the ice, 1846

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A mountainous landscape with figures on a path, oil on panel, 38.5 x 51.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1843

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A mountainous landscape with figures on a path, 1843

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A forest landscape by sunset, oil on panel, 32.6 x 29.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1850

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A forest landscape by sunset, 1850

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A winter landscape with figures on the ice, oil on panel, 19.1 x 15.7 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1842

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A winter landscape with figures on the ice, 1842

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Upcoming storm, oil on panel, 35.4 x 47.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1957

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Upcoming storm, 1857

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Rhine landscape, oil on panel, 30.0 x 40.5 cm, signed l.m. and dated 1854

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Rhine landscape, 1854

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A portrait of an elegant young lady, oil on canvas, 84.7 x 64.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1846

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A portrait of an elegant young lady, 1846

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Hilly landscape with resting peasant people under an oak, oil on panel, 38.5 x 51.9 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1843

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Hilly landscape with resting peasant people under an oak, 1843

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A winter landscape with travellers on a path, oil on canvas, 36.0 x 47.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1827

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A winter landscape with travellers on a path, 1827

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Skaters on a frozen waterway, oil on panel, 14.0 x 19.1 cm, signed l.l. with monogram

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Skaters on a frozen waterway

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers along a waterway, Utrecht, oil on canvas, 44.6 x 55.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1839

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Travellers along a waterway, Utrecht, 1839

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A winter landscape with travellers on a country road, oil on canvas, 59.0 x 71.2 cm

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A winter landscape with travellers on a country road

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Wooded landscape with cattle, oil on panel, 25.3 x 31.2 cm, signed l.r.

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Wooded landscape with cattle

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers in a summer landscape, oil on canvas, 37.5 x 47.0 cm, signed m.o. and dated 1833

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Travellers in a summer landscape

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Winterlandscape with figures in forest, oil on canvas, signed l.l. and dated 1833

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Winterlandscape with figures in forest, 1833

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A river landscape in Zealand, pen, brush and ink on paper, 14.6 x 19.3 cm, signed l.l.

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A river landscape in Zealand

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a resting cow, chalk and watercolour on paper, 10.1 x 18.2 cm

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Study of a resting cow

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a haycart, pencil on paper, 9.1 x 14.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of a haycart

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A resting farmer, chalk on paper, 14.3 x 11.2 cm, signed l.l.

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A resting farmer

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a country boy, chalk on paper, 12.8 x 10.2 cm

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Study of a country boy

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of rams and sheep, chalk on paper, 15.2 x 23.8 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of rams and sheep

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a sheep, chalk on paper, 8.9 x 12.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of a sheep

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a lamb, chalk on paper, 7.3 x 11.3 cm

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Study of a lamb

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a barrow, chalk on paper, 11.0 x 17.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of a barrow

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a resting cow, chalk on coloured paper, 13.2 x 21.0 cm, signed l.l. with initials

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Study of a resting cow

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a ram, chalk on paper, 7.2 x 10.4 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of a ram

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a sleeping farm boy, chalk on paper, 14.3 x 15.9 cm

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Study of a sleeping farm boy

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Stuy, chalk on paper, 14.3 x 12.5 cm, signed l.l.

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Stuy

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Study of a barrow, chalk on paper, 8.3 x 13.9 cm, signed l.l.

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Study of a barrow

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A study of figures, chalk on coloured paper, 15.8 x 19.6 cm, signed l.l. with initials

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A study of figures

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Figures in a landscape, a ruin beyond, washed pen on paper, 13.7 x 17.7 cm, signed l.l.

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Figures in a landscape, a ruin beyond

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A river landscape with a ruin, washed ink and watercolour on paper, 17.4 x 26.5 cm, signed l.c.

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A river landscape with a ruin

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A young workman, pencil on paper, 21.5 x 16.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A young workman

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers and cattle on a wooded path along a brook, washed pen on paper, 16.4 x 22.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted 1837

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Travellers and cattle on a wooded path along a brook, 1837

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A village church on a sandy path, pen, brush and ink on paper, 15.5 x 19.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A village church on a sandy path

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A dune landscape in Zeeland, pen, brush and ink on paper, 18.3 x 26.7 cm, signed l.l.

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A dune landscape in Zeeland

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Summer landscape with travellers, pen and washed ink on paper, 14.0 x 19.9 cm, signed c.r.

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Summer landscape with travellers

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | View of Xanten, near Kleef, ink, pen and watercolour on paper, 8.0 x 12.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1842

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View of Xanten, near Kleef, 1842

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Summer landscape with travellers, sepia on paper, 13.6 x 17.5 cm, signed l.r.

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Summer landscape with travellers

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Soldiers in a panoramic landscape, sepia on paper, 25.2 x 32.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1830

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Soldiers in a panoramic landscape, 1830

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Harbour scene, sepia on paper, 19.3 x 28.2 cm, signed l.c.

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Harbour scene

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Extensive wooded landscape with figures on a path, sepia on paper, 12.5 x 17.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1838

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Extensive wooded landscape with figures on a path, 1838

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Hay harvest, watercolour on paper, 31.6 x 38.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1838

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Hay harvest, 1838

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Figures on a country road, sepia on paper, 18.2 x 26.8 cm, signed m.l.

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Figures on a country road

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Travellers resting near a farm, sepia on paper, 18.0 x 23.5 cm, signed l.r. with monogram

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Travellers resting near a farm

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Cattle market, watercolour on paper, 21.5 x 27.4 cm, signed m.r. and dated 1850

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Cattle market, 1850

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A farm labourer, pencil on paper, 23.0 x 13.8 cm

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

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A farm labourer

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | Hunters in a hilly landscape, sepia on paper, 14.5 x 19.0 cm, signed l.l.

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Hunters in a hilly landscape

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek | A village, sepia on paper, 19.5 x 28.5 cm, signed l.r.

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A village


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