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A man walking with a stick; wearing a long cloak and small cap, moving towards the viewer. c.1655-57
Pen and brown ink with brown wash; ruled framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Verso: blank; see Inscriptions.
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- 1655-1657 (circa)
Height: 177 millimetres
Width: 115 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)
- Curator's comments
- Recent literature: D. De Witt, Abraham van Dijck, 2020, cat.no. D18 as Abraham van Dijck. De Witt suggests that the figure may be Heyman Dullaert, on the basis of a drawing by Philips Koninck of Heyman in St Louis (St Louis Art Museum, inv. no. 402:1923).
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Nicolaes Maes, cat. no.8:
In style, the most satisfactory comparison among the several so far offered (see Literature below) is with a drawing by Nicolaes Maes in Rotterdam of a 'Youth in a long Robe, standing', datable c.1655-7 (Sumowski 1894x; Rotterdam, 1988, no.117). The Rotterdam study is somewhat unusual for Maes in its scale and in the consequent breadth of its penwork, but has on the verso a characteristic sketch of an 'Eavesdropping Woman with a Child in a Doorway' (Sumowski 1866x). However, in the present work, the somewhat flat application of the wash seems unlike Maes, who generally handles the brush with greater breadth in painterly strokes.
A drawing in Darmstadt attributed to Barent Fabritius also shows a similar figure (Sumowski 820). In it the wash is comparable to the present sheet but the penwork, conversely, is reminiscent of Maes. These analogies are however not entirely persuasive and the drawing is therefore only tentatively placed under Maes' name here.
 As noted by Pont, 1958, p.87, n.1.
 The model may be the one used by Maes for the angel in his early painting in a private collection of the 'Sacrifice of Isaac' (Sumowski, 'Gemälde', III, no.1316, repr.). For the penwork, compare for example the 'Carrot-Peeler' formerly on the Zürich art market, Sumowski 1771.
 I am grateful to William W. Robinson for discussing this drawing with me during its exhibition (15 April 1992).
Bürger, 1858, p.400 (by Rembrandt); Kleinmann, II, 55; Bell, c.1905, repr. pl.III (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.120, repr. pl.XV (school; compares drawing of a 'Seated Prisoner' by Eeckhout in the Albertina, Vienna, Schönbrunner and Meder, 1893-1908, no.636; Sumowski 2814 [forthcoming, as anon.]); Valentiner, 1924, p.52, repr. p.54, fig.59 (certainly by Maes, compares drawing in Rotterdam, Sumowski 1894x); Stechow, 1925, p.147 (not Maes, refuting Valentiner, 1924); Van Dyke, 1927, p.114, repr. pl.XXX, fig.120 (by Maes); Pont, 1958, p.87, n.1 compares clothes worn by model in so called 'Self-Portrait' by Barent Fabritius in Darmstadt, Sumowski 820); Slive, 1965, II, under no.354 (school of Rembrandt; compares 'Boy in a long Gown', Bayonne, Sumowski 583xx); Frerichs, 1970, pp.39-40, repr. fig.3 (Maes or school of Rembrandt; reminiscent of Renesse); Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, 1980, no.584xx, repr. (attributed to Abraham van Dyck, comparing 'Boy in a long Gown' at Bayonne, Sumowski 583xx).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
London, 1899, no.A79 (as Rembrandt);
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, as School of Rembrandt).
- Generally good; light foxing; top left corner repaired; skinned down left side and minor nicks to edge.
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