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Collecting Dutch and Flemish drawings

In the early years of his reign, George III (r. 1760 –1820) was a prolific collector of drawings, and acquired a large proportion of the 732 Dutch and Flemish drawings now in the Royal Collection.

A drawing of a river with boats, one of which is being pushed out from shallow water in the foreground. A tree grows from a rocky outcrop on the left, and mountains loom in the distance. Signed and dated, lower left: HS [in monogram] / 1677. Herman Saftle

Mountainous river landscape with boats and figures ©

All of the drawings that follow here have been identified in the unusually detailed catalogue of the estate sale of the merchant and collector Abraham van Broyel, held in Amsterdam on 30 October 1759. They were acquired at that sale by the Amsterdam dealer Pieter Yver, and probably passed to George III soon after.