Cloaked figure walking to the left. c.1657-59 Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1997,0712.60

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.16
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.4

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
1668 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Cloaked figure walking to the left; c.1668

Pen and brown ink.

Verso: blank (seen through backing paper only).

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: None visible.

Height: 150 millimetres (chain lines vertical, distance apart uncertain)
Width: 86 millimetres

Trimmed; light stained (formerly protected at the edges by an old mount).

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Philips Koninck, cat. no.4:
A characteristic example of Philips Koninck's broad and confident figure drawings, which retain aspects of the style of his master, Rembrandt. There is a similar sketch in Dresden, though without the background shading and other minor differences.[1] A more finished study of such a figure, though walking to the right, is signed and dated 1668.[2] Such studies must have been made to rehearse figures of Apostles, Pharisees and other bystanders in his biblical and historical compositions, in which they regularly appear.[3]

[1] Inv. C1316 (Sumowski 1404x; see Exh. Dresden, 2004, no.4, repr.).
[2] Sumowski 1350 (Maida and George Abrams collection).
[3] See, for example, the signed drawings in Dresden of 'Christ healing a sick Man' (inv.C 1371, Sumowski 1321 - it may in fact show him healing a sick woman!) and 'Christ and the Adulteress' (inv. C1379, Sumowski 1322).

Lit.: R. Schilling (ed.), 'Die von Edmund Schilling gesammelten Zeichnungen', published privately, Edgware, 1982, p. 177, 'Das kleine Album', no. 32.

The 1997 Schilling Exhibition label text:
Koninck came from Amsterdam, and is famous for his idealised Dutch landscape paintings. He also produced biblical compositions in the style of his master Rembrandt (1606-1669) and scenes of everyday life. This drawing, which was formely in the collection of Sir Joshua Reynolds, is a striking example of his skilful use of the reed pen. The figure was probably intended for a religious theme, and is related in subject and technique to a drawing in the Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden.
Bequeathed by Mrs Rosi Schilling

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Rosi Schilling (biographical details | all objects)
Bequeathed through The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)
In Memory of Edmund Schilling (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Edmund Schilling (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
In 1997, the Museum acquired on the death of Mrs Rosi Schilling the majority of a collection of mostly northern Old Master drawings assembled by her late husband the curator and later drawings dealer and adviser, Edmund Schilling (1888-1974). Schilling was born in Germany and came to Britain in 1937 after the rise of the Nazis. He was prominent as a specialist in German Old Master drawings and his widow’s bequest in his memory was predominantly made up of studies that he had collected in this field. Given its importance, the Museum accepted the bequest for public benefit in good faith, and has afterwards researched its history, insofar as it has been able. There remain however many works in the bequest with uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45 and the Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of these works during that era. This drawing was acquired by Edmund Schilling for a small album that he compiled for his wife, Rosi Schilling (see for further details 1997,0713.1).

Exhibition History
London, 1997 (Schilling Collection, no catalogue) - see Comment for label text.

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