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A fool, seated on a basket, about to be shaved by a nun holding a wafer iron; another nun behind with a pair of tongs and a gridiron, to right a man playing a pipe at a window and a fool's bauble below
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
- Production date
- 1550-1580 (c.)
Height: 174 millimetres
Width: 207 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The sheet is heavily stained. It was acquired in 1854 as an authentic Bosch drawing, but now attributed to a follower. The overall flat feeling of the pen lines and the clumsy draughtmanship of for example the hands and the face of the woman at left, indicate the hand of a copyist. It is probably a copy after a now lost composition by Bosch. An engraving by Pieter van der Heyden dated 1567, 'Shrove Tuesday' (see 1928,1212.11) contains the same group of figures at right and is lettered 'Hiero. Bos inventor''.
Literature: Waagen IV, 1857, p.40; A.E. Popham, 'Drawings of the Early Flemish School', London, 1926, cat.no.39; F. Koreny, 'Hieronymus Bosch: Die Zeichnungen: Werkstatt und Nachfolge bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts', Turnhout, 2012, cat.no.41.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 Sep-Nov, Rotterdam, Mus. Boijmans van Beuningen, 'Jheronimus Bosch'
2004 Jan-April, London, National Gallery, 'Bosch and Bruegel:...'
2017 5-28 Sep, BM, 'Ways of Knowing' (no cat.)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- 1854,0628.42-46 are all listed in the departmental register as coming from lot 1170, one more than the five described in the catalogue.
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