- Museum number
The Prodigal with the swine; a young man bending on one knee with one hand in a trough before the sty, beyond to right a fence and other farm buildings
Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with white.
- Production date
- 1640-1645 (circa)
Height: 133 millimetres
Width: 215 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23mm apart)
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.100.
The hesitant quality of the penwork suggests that it is a copy rather than an original design. Drawings in a comparable style include cat. no.101 (SL,5237.61) and a composition in Munich, which may depict 'Saul with the Witch of Endor'.
As noted under cat. no.101 (SL,5237.61), the prototype was not necessarily by Rembrandt himself. The character of the line resembles that of drawings that have been assigned, with reservations, to Carel Fabritius. A study of 'Isaac blessing Jacob', now in the Rijksmuseum, which is copied from a lost work by the 'Fabritius' hand, seems especially close in style.
A variant of the composition, by a different hand, is in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
 Munich, 1973, no.1318, repr. pl.354.
 Amsterdam, 1985, nos.61-6.
 Op. cit., no.64.
 Where attributed to Van Renesse. The drawing was known to Hind when with Boerner's in 1930 (note in Museum files). Its present whereabouts were pointed out to me by Richard Hemphill (see Popham and Fenwick, 1965, no.173, where it is stated that Professor Sumowski attributes the drawing to Doomer; but it is not catalogued under his or Renesse's name in Sumowski, 1979 etc.).
Bürger, 1858, p.402 (Rembrandt, a 'Farm Yard'; 'simple, vigoureux; première qualité'); Vosmaer, 1877, p.589 (Rembrandt, 'beau dessin, largement fait'); Dutuit, IV, 1885, p.85 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.148 (possibly a copy after Rembrandt).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, as 'copy after Rembrandt').
- Good, though perhaps somewhat trimmed.
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: FAWK,5213.24