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Two studies for St Christopher, studies for a painting; with the nude Christ Child seated on the shoulder of the saint and clinging to his head
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 267 millimetres
Width: 166 millimetres
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- Literature: L. Burchard-R.A. d'Haust, 'Rubens Drawings', 1963, pp.75-76, no.43, fig.43.
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings and Sketches, BMP, 1977
This is a preliminary idea for the St Christopher on the outside of the right-hand wing of the Triptych of the 'Descent from the Cross' of about 1611-14, now in Antwerp Cathedral. Here Rubens has clearly been influenced by a painting of St Christoper by Adam Elsheimer, of which there are several versions surviving of uncertain status. One of these, much damaged, is it Leningrad, and it could conceivably be the original.
Another was engraved by James Heath in 1812, and this might possibly be identical with a version in the Royal Collection.
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1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.59
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