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A young man in a high-crowned hat, asleep; lying to front with his body resting against two pillows which are placed on a low chair. c.1655
Pen and brown ink touched with brown wash and with later red-brown wash.
Watermark: Pascal lamb, similar to Rotterdam, 1988, p.361, no.154, repr.
- Production date
- 1655-1655 (circa)
Height: 162 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23mm apart)
Width: 179 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Willem Drost, cat. no.7.
The drawing was until recently thought to be a sketch by Rembrandt of his son, Titus, but has often been compared to works that can now be attributed to Willem Drost with some confidence, including the Copenhagen 'Christ and the Magdalene' (Sumowski 547x) and cat. nos.3, 5 and 6 (1855,1013.39, Oo,9.96 and Oo,9.98). The same model appears in a drawing in Stockholm of a 'Seated Youth in a Hat' (Benesch 1094, Sumowski 559ax) and perhaps also in cat. no.5 (Oo,9.96), both of which also seem to be by Drost. The analogies with these drawings, including their characteristic parallel hatching, free handling and simplified outlines of somewhat uniform pressure, suggest a date in the mid-1650s, as do the stylistic similarities with Rembrandt's etchings of this period.
 The attribution of the present sheet was first made by Sumowski, 1980 (see Lit. below).
 As noted by Kruse in Stockholm, 1920, p.66.
 Noted by Christopher White, 1969 (see Lit. below).
LITERATURE (as Rembrandt unless otherwise stated):
Lippmann, IV, no.87; Kleinmann, IV, no.6; Valentiner, 1905, p.61 (c.1655; of Titus); Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.903 (c.1655; ex 'Skipp' collection); London, 1915, no.88 (c.1655); Stockholm, 1920, p.66, repr. fig.76 (c.1650-55; same model as in cat. no.5 (Oo,9.96) and 'Seated Man in high Hat' in Stockholm, Benesch 1094); Benesch, 1935, p.61 (c.1655-6; as for cat. no.6 (Oo,9.98) q.v.); Amsterdam, 1942, p.15, under no.34 (c.1655-6; of Titus?); Benesch, 1947, p.45, under no.238 (as Benesch, 1935); Benesch, V, 1957/73, no.1092, repr. fig.1311/1384 (c.1655-6; follows Stockholm, 1920; for style compares cat. no.3; 1855,1013.39); Haverkamp-Begemann, 1961, p.87 (attribution 'questionable'; groups with cat. no.5 (Oo,9.96) and with 'Man by a Window', Munich, Benesch 1173, 'Seated Man in high Hat' and 'Hurdy-Gurdy Man', both Stockholm, Benesch 1094 and 1163); Scheidig, 1962, p.60 and no.132, repr. (Titus); White, 1962, p.20, repr. pl.21 (c.1655; of Titus?); Slive, 1965, II, no.536 (c.1655); White, 1969, I, p.170, repr, II, pl.256 (c.1654; style resembles etched 'Golf Player' of 1654, Bartsch 125, Hind 272); Sciolla, 1972, p.76, n.17 (Rembrandt; influenced drawing attributed to Maes in Turin, Inv.16433b); Munich, 1973, p.121, under no.857 (compares drawing in Munich repr. pl.405; school work, possibly by Renesse); Turin, 1974, p.52, under no.74 (Rembrandt); Bernhard, 1976, II, repr. p.530; Sumowski, III, 1980, no.559x (by Willem Drost, mid-1650s; compares numerous sheets attributed to him, including cat. no.1 (1895,0915.1255) and 'Noli me tangere' in Copenhagen, Sumowski 547x); White, 1992, p.268 (sceptical of attribution to Drost); Schatborn, 1994, p.24 (Drost).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
London, 1901, no.A117;
1938, no.88; 1956, p.11, no.24;
1992, no.102, repr. (as Drost).
- Good, apart from later addition of red-brown wash; some discolouration, especially near the edges.
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- Acquisition notes
- Benesch wrongly identified the drawing with one of a similar subject from the Festetics collection that was sold in the Klinkosch sale, Vienna, Wawra, 15 April, 1889, lot 737.
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