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A cleric and a woman drinking at a table, leaf from the Van Borssom sketchbook;
Pen (often reed pen) and brown ink, with grey, yellow, brown and pink wash.
Verso: (a) A dog barking at a swan, and (b) three swans near a fence by water.
Watermark: Strasbourg lily in a crowned shield, the letters 'WR' below (cf. Churchill 401 ), which appears in a fragmentary form in the centre of the gutter side of this folio.
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Height: 231 millimetres (page)
Width: 175 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24/25mm apart)
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Anthonie van Borssom, entry no.19 (folio 23):
I have not found a source for the inscribed rhyme, which seems to involve some double-entendres that are rather lost in translation. The biretta-wearing cleric plying the woman with wine is clearly a Roman Catholic priest (as suggested by Sumowski, no.327). The erotic overtones are clear from the shape of the jug and the manner in which the woman proffers her glass. See also the note to folio 11 (1854,0628.111.11).
For further information see f.1 of the Van Borssom sketchbook, 1854,0628.111.1.
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- Exhibition history
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, (folios 16 verso and 17 recto, not in catalogue).
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- Acquisition notes
- 1854,0628.81 to 117 were purchased from Tiffin and the register records that they were all drawings that he had bought on his own account at the Woodburn sale. The Bill Book gives prices and agrees that all of them came from the Woodburn sale. Neither source gives the lot numbers. The van Borssum sketchbook is one that can be positively identified.
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