- Museum number
The Fall of the Damned with many-headed dragons; figures surrounding in the lower right half of the composition; connected with 'Fall of the Damned' (Munich); male and female figures, falling with and being attacked by devils and monsters, in one main group with monster with hydra-type monster at bottom
Black and red chalk with wash in various shades of brown wash
- Production date
Height: 748 millimetres
Width: 476 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the etching by Pieter Soutman dated 1642 with the same composition (on two plates), see R,3.2.
The initial drawing is not thought to be by Rubens, although he may have made the alterations with a brush in parts of the image, the rest being drawn by an assistant, possibly after the painting by Rubens now in Munich.
Another drawing of this type and style (the composition being a finished version of the lower section of the recto of another drawing in the British Museum, 1885,0509.51, containing struggling figures related to the Munich 'Fall of the Damned') is in the Petit-Hory collection (now Musée Bonnat, Bayonne, Inv. RF50875). Other drawings in the British Museum connected with the 'Fall of the Damned' are 1994,0514.33 and 35-36 and Oo,3.9. All these may be related to an abandoned project to have engravings made after the design of the Munich picture.
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings and Sketches, BMP, 1977
Please see 1994,0514.33 for further curatorial comment.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.91
1993 May-Jun, Rubens House, Antwerp, 'Rubens' no. 134
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing along with fourteen others by Rubens and his assistants, originally purchased by the National Gallery from Sir Robert Peel in 1871, was deposited on loan to the Department of Prints and Drawings by the National Gallery in 1935 and formally transferred in 1994.
Possibly Johan van der Marck sale, Amsterdam, 29 Nov., 1773, portfolio P, which includes 4 drawings of the Fall of the Damned by Rubens, in colour.
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972,U.912
Miscellaneous number: NG.853.b