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A pair of stocks, and two men reading a paper, after Jacob de Gheyn; a leaf from a sketchbook, a pair of stocks with six leg holes, below, two men, the elder, wearing glasses, looking over the shoulder of the younger, who holds a sheet of paper, with the outlines of two further figures beneath
Metalpoint on white-prepared paper
- Production date
- 1618 (c.)
Height: 105 millimetres
Width: 111 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This sheet came from a (now dispersed) sketchbook of silverpoint drawings which probably belonged to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, hence the traditional attribution to Wenceslaus Hollar. Despite Sprinzel's rejection of it, this claim was still accepted as late as 1960 by Croft-Murray, before Altena made a new attribution of the drawings to Jacques de Gheyn III. As he notes, the composition of this sheet was copied from the central portion of de Gheyn's father Jacques II's painting of 'Julius Caesar dictating his despatches on horseback' (Ham House, Surrey). Jacques III was in London in 1618, which is the most likely date for the drawings' execution. His father may have painted the picture either for Sir Thomas Vavasour, the first owner of Ham, or his successor, John Ramsay, Earl of Holderness.
For another leaf from the same sketchbook see 1850,0223.190 and 1886,0513.3.
Lit.: An van Camp in 'Drawing in Silver and Gold: from Leonardo to Jasper Johns' Princeton and Oxford, 2015, p. 154, pl. 69; Joanna Russell, Judith Rayner and Jenny Bescoby, 'Northern European Metalpoint Drawings: technical examination and analysis', London, 2016, p. 64.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1934 BM, Exhibition of English Art, no.403b
2015 May-Jul, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
2015 10 Sep-6 Dec, London, British Museum, 'Drawing in Silver and Gold'
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