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An aged prisoner before a judge; the judge in a plumed hat, holding his rod of office, seated on a throne beneath a canopy at r, a group of figures to left
Pen and brown ink, over traces of graphite.
Watermark: Strasburg lily, the letters 'MDP' below.
- Production date
- 1635-1640 (circa)
Height: 178 millimetres
Width: 161 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)
- Curator's comments
- Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.98.
The quality and technique of the drawing suggest strongly that it is a copy, as has long been recognised. The style reflects Rembrandt's of the 1630s, but only generically, and the draughtsman was perhaps copying a drawing by a Rembrandt pupil. The period of the 1630s is further supported by the judge's exotic headdress, which resembles that worn by a figure in a sketch by Rembrandt now in the Pierpont Morgan Library, related to the 'St John the Baptist preaching' of c.1634-5 in Berlin. The straight lines across several faces at eye level are reminiscent of a shorthand employed by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (cf. Van den Eeckhout cat. no.1, T,14.7 or Fawkener 5213.7).
The subject is not altogether clear. It resembles a 'Christ before Pilate', but the prisoner seems too old to be Christ.
 E.g. by Hind in London, 1915, no.150.
 Benesch 336. The painting is Bredius 555, Corpus A106, and the latter suggests a date of 1634-5.
 Hind, loc. cit., suggested 'St Paul before Gallio' (Acts, XVIII, 12-16).
Bürger, 1858, p.399 (by Rembrandt, for etching of 'Nebuchadnezzar on his Throne', 1655); London, 1915, no.150 (perhaps after P. Koninck; subject perhaps 'St Paul before Gallio').
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
No exhibitions recorded.
- A little trimmed; small losses made up at lower corners.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: FAWK,5213.26