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A sketch after Rembrandt's painting: 'The Sampling officials of the Amsterdam drapers guild' known as 'The syndics'; the six men, dressed in black with white collars, are assembled around a table covered by a red cloth.
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Height: 76 millimetres
Width: 114 millimetres (Cut slightly unevenly along the sides of the sheet.)
- Curator's comments
- For Rembrandt's painting see object number SK-C-6, Rijksmuseum.
The British Museum's collection includes a number of prints after Rembrandt's painting from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, see for example: 1915,0106.40 and 1862,0712.45.
However, Cope's sketch is not reversed which suggests that it was drawn from the painting rather than a reproduction in print.
- Not on display
- Fixed to mount but attempts have been made to lift it which has resulted in the mount being skinned
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- John Christian purchased the drawing from Abbott and Holder and retained the invoice no: 021968, dated 21.11.2008 which is annotated "Copy after Rembrandt" in Christian's handwriting.
The drawing is listed as No 39 in Abbott and Holder's list 392 under the title: 'A Band of Cromwellians sinister around a table (Regicides?) Pencil. The list is annotated in Christian's handwriting "After Remabrandt's Syndics, Rijksmuseum."
Abbott and Holder's list states that the drawing's provenance is from a descendant of the artist.
The number 308 is written on the mount beneath the drawing and the front of the mount is annotated:
"Charles West Cope RA Pencil. Copy after Rembrandt's Syndics in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam."
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