Forest Marsh with Travellers on a Bank

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Etching of a dense forest scene
Forest Marsh with Travellers on a Bank

Forest Marsh with Travellers on a Bank (1640s-1650s), also known as The Travellers, is an etching by the Dutch Golden Age artist Jacob van Ruisdael. A few copies are known and are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Rijksprentenkabinet of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam.[1]

The cumulus clouds in the late states of the etching have been added later and are not by Ruisdael himself.[2]

Etching expert Georges Duplessis singled out The Travellers and The Cornfield as unrivalled illustrations of Ruisdael's genius.[3] Ruisdael's pupil Meindert Hobbema painted two copies of this etching. One, dated 1662, is in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.[1] A young John Constable said in 1797 that he wanted to copy the work; if he did, none of his copies have survived.[4] When Constable died he owned four Ruisdael etchings, one of which was The Travellers.[5]

The etching is catalogue number E13 in Slive's 2001 catalogue raisonné of Ruisdael.[6]



  1. ^ a b Slive & Hoetink 1981, p. 258.
  2. ^ Slive 2001, p. 593.
  3. ^ Duplessis 1871, p. 109.
  4. ^ Slive & Hoetink 1981, p. 260.
  5. ^ Slive 2001, p. 701.
  6. ^ Slive 2001.


  • Duplessis, Georges (1871). The Wonders of Engraving. London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston. OCLC 699616022.
  • Slive, Seymour; Hoetink, Hendrik Richard (1981). Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch ed.). Amsterdam: Meulenhoff/Landshoff. ISBN 978-90-290-8471-0.
  • Slive, Seymour (2001). Jacob van Ruisdael: a Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, Drawings, and Etchings. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08972-1.