- Museum number
Christ expelling the money changers from the temple; an overturned table and figures falling in the foreground, a man carrying a sheep under his arm and a vessel on his head at left columns either side and the altar beyond
Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on light grey-brown prepared paper, squared for transfer
Watermark (of Pierre Péricard): Crowned coat-of-arms, surmounted by quatrefoil, charged with letters "P" and "AVM", with cartouche below "P Pricard" (53 x 33 mm; Briquet 9613, dated about 1547; le Clert 270, dated about 1547-1559).
- Production date
- 1547-1560 (c.)
Height: 258 millimetres (chain lines 23 mm distance; 11 laid lines per cm)
Width: 336 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A painting by Paul and Adriaen Vredeman de Vries showing the same subject is dated 1609 (formerly with the art dealers Hoogsteder and Hoogsteder, The Hague); see Christie's, London, 30 October 1998, lot 24, fig.24 (for the painting).
Literature: Edwin Buijsen, "Een samenwerking tussen Paul Vredeman de Vries en Adriaen van Nieulandt", in Oud Holland 109 (1995), p.155, repr. fig.5 (as by Hans Vredeman de Vries; possibly a study for a lost painting mentioned by Karel van Mander in "Het Schilderboeck", 1604, fol.267r).
The 1995-6 Recent Acquisitions Exhibition label text:
The artist, whose drawings are rare (those already in the British Museum have all been rejected in the recent literature) was particularly noted for his perspective designs, many of which he published in his influential book, 'Artis Perspectivae..., which first appeared in 1560, and in other publications.
The drawing, formerly in the Houthakker collection, is related to a painting that was recently on the Paris art market, which is signed and dated 1609.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-6 Nov-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2002 Sep-Dec, Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 'Hans Vredeman de Vries (1526-1607)'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number