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An old philosopher or prophet; half-length figure of a man, indicating with his right forefinger
Pen and two shades of brown ink
- Production date
- 1620-1629 (c.)
Height: 130 millimetres
Width: 100 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Literature: R. Schilling (ed.), 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p.165, 'Das kleine Album', cat.no.23; I.Q. van Regteren Altena, "Jacques de Gheyn: Three Generations", The Hague-Boston-London, 1983, cat.no.616 (related drawing with same subject, present whereabouts unknown).
The 1997 Recent Acquisitions Exhibition label text:
Jacob de Gheyn II was the most famous member of a family of Dutch artists, and a prolific and talented draughtsman. The subject of this drawing is unclear; the pointing index finger suggests that it may represent a prophet or a philosopher. A slighter sketch of the same figure was formerly on the London art market.
Bequeathed by Mrs Rosi Schilling through the National Art Collections Fund in memory of Edmund Schilling
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1997-8 Sept-Jan BM Schilling
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- Acquisition notes
- In 1997, the Museum acquired on the death of Mrs Rosi Schilling the majority of a collection of mostly northern Old Master drawings assembled by her late husband the curator and later drawings dealer and adviser, Edmund Schilling (1888-1974). Schilling was born in Germany and came to Britain in 1937 after the rise of the Nazis. He was prominent as a specialist in German Old Master drawings and his widow’s bequest in his memory was predominantly made up of studies that he had collected in this field. Given its importance, the Museum accepted the bequest for public benefit in good faith, and has afterwards researched its history, insofar as it has been able. There remain however many works in the bequest with uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45 and the Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of these works during that era.
This drawing was acquired by Edmund Schilling for a small album (no.23) that he compiled for his wife, Rosi Schilling (see for further details 1997,0713.1; for the original album, see 159.b.28).
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