- Museum number
Head of a bearded man; looking down almost to left, wearing a linen collar
Black and red chalk
- Production date
- 1650-1652 (c.)
Height: 88 millimetres
Width: 75 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The same model as H 2 and H 3.
Literature: Jan Muylle, 'Tronies toegeschreven aan Pieter Bruegel. Fysiognomie en expressie', in 'De zeventiende eeuw', 18, no.2, 2002 pp.128-9, fig.13 (noting dependence on Bruegel and suggesting that it is an autonomous physiognomical study).
The 1995 Ostade Exhibition label text (exhibited with 1836-8-11-398):
Together with the adjacent chalk drawings, these studies were a source for Adriaen's pupil, Cornelis Dusart. The latter's mezzotint of a 'Peasant seated, reading a Letter', in which the head depends on the second drawing (1836-8-11-398), shows the degree of the influence. The present study has been tentatively attributed to Dusart rather than to van Ostade, which in view of its broader style and the figure's angular features seems a distinct possibility. The two artists' works are sometimes confused. A comparable drawing by Adriaen of the same model is in Rotterdam (Museum Boymans-van Beuningen), and formed the basis of his print, the 'Smoker at a Window', of around 1660-70.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 Jan-Apr, BM, Ostade (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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