Studies for a Kermis; seventeen studies for a pair of dancers in a village festival. c.1636 (?) Pen and brown ink over black chalk Verso: Various studies for dancers, drinkers, onlookers and revellers in the picture of the 'Village Festival' Pen and brown ink over black chalk
- 1630-1636 (c.)
- Height: 595 millimetres
- Width: 512 millimetres
Inscription ContentInscribed in lower left, in later hand, in pen and brown ink: "P.P. Rubens". Verso inscribed by the artist, in pen and brown ink: "Hier gherbreken Bedelaers daer comen vrouwen mans en kinderen" and with colour notes "root" and "blauw" and "geel" and "viol" and "vrolijk" ('happy').
Study for Rubens's painting 'Village Wedding' or 'Flemish Kermis' from about 1636 and now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv.no.1797 (Rooses 837). A couple dancing at the lower left of the drawing also resembles a pair towards the left of the 'Feast of Venus' in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, inv.no.GG684. The figures are first drawn (or rather scribbled, called 'crabbelinge' in 17th century Flemish) in black chalk, after which some of them are further developed by Rubens in pen and brown ink. Some of the figures are inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and by Adriaen Brouwer. Literature: L. Burchard-R.A. d'Hulst, 'Rubens Drawings', 1963, pp.236-37, no.150, fig.150. C. White, 'P.P. Rubens', 1987, pp.266-267, fig.289-90. Ekkehard Mai and Hans Vlieghe, 'Von Bruegel bis Rubens', 1992, p.236, Abb.1; K.A. Schroder and H. Widauer (eds.), 'Peter Paul Rubens', exh.cat. Albertina, Vienna, 2004, cat.no.131; Anne-Marie Logan, 'Peter Paul Rubens: The Drawings', exh.cat. Metropolitan Museum, New Haven and London, 2004, cat.no.103.
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings and Sketches, BMP 1977
The studies on both recto and verso are for the 'Flemish Kermesse' in the Louvre of about 1627 or somewhat later. One of the couples on the recto occurs slightly adapted in the 'Dance of Italian Peasants' in the Prado, Madrid.
Flemish Atlas XVIIc
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.178 2000/1 Oct-Jan, London, National Gallery, 'Telling Time'
2004 Sept-Dec, Vienna, Albertina, 'Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings'
2005 Jan-April, New York, Metropolitan Mus.of Art, 'Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings'
2009/10 Nov-Jan BM, P&D, 'Rubens Drawings' (no cat.)
2014-5, Sep-Apr, Brussels Beaux-Arts & London RA, 'Rubenism' PROMISED
9 December 2009
Reason for treatment
Remove hinges and adhesive. Support weak areas. Inlay. Mount.
Held by silk hinges to Perspex sandwich. Two hinges failed whilst on loan and drawing slipped in mount slightly. Small edge tears and chips. Some skinning close to edges, with some old tissue repairs. Central fold. Discoloured with some stains.
Mount opened up with a Teflon spatula. Hinges removed using a damp brush. Adhesive residue removed with cotton wool swabs dampened slightly with warm water. Pressed locally. Small edge tears and weak areas supported with Japanese tissue toned with Winsor and Newton artist's watercolours (organic,inorganic pigments,gum arabic) and wheat starch adhesive. Pressed locally. Inlaid to BM inlay paper with strips of Japanese tissue and Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether). Pressed.Mounted into an overthrow 6ply Atlas perspex verso mount using Heritage 100% cotton museum board. Perspex sheet inlaid into sheet of 4ply Heritage 100% cotton museum board with Neschen P90 Filmoplast tape which has been laminated together with sheet of same. Object attached to mount using archival framing tape adhered with water.
- Purchased from: Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, London, 7.vi.1860/799 (?) as 'Sir P.P. Rubens - A large sheet of studies of dancing figu)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: William Russell (Christie's, London, 11.xii.1884/343 (?) as 'Early Flemish School - Figures dancing - bistre, from th)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Robert Prioleau Roupell
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2184)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Thomas Lawrence (?)
Thibaudeau acted as an agent for the British Museum at the Russell sale in December 1884, see 1885,0509.1574-1607. Some of the other drawings Thibaudeau purchased at the same sale were subsequently sold to the British Museum in 1885; see 1885,0509.33-51 and 1885,0711.271-303.
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Studies for a Kermis; seventeen studies for a pair of dancers in a village festival. c.1636 (?) Pen and brown ink, over black chalk Verso: Various studies for dancers, drinkers, onlookers and revellers in the picture of the 'Village Festival' Pen and brown ink, over black chalk
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