drawing / album

A figure seated on a camel (dromedary), formerly in an album originally containing 167 drawings of quadrupeds Black chalk, touched with grey wash, on light brown prepared paper

AN218951001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: SL,5261.59

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 125 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Hind 1915-31 4 (attrib. to J.B. Weenix)

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

Back to search results

Back to catalogue

Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)
album (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Circle/School of Rembrandt (Anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Jan Baptist Weenix (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1640-1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Italian (all objects)
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
A camel with rider and driver, formerly in an album originally containing 167 drawings of quadrupeds; standing in profile to left
Black chalk, touched with grey wash, on buff paper
Verso: laid down
Watermark: none visible, but A.M Hind recorded a geometric figure within a circular ‘chain’ border, similar to Churchill 544 (1640) and Voorn, 1960, no.26 (1641).

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Inscribed in pen and brown ink in top right corner: "59"


Dimensions
Height: 228 millimetres (corners made up; chain lines not visible)
Width: 230 millimetres


Condition
Corners made up; a diagonal crease behind the seated figure; scuffed and rubbed patch, upper right; a few fox marks.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.125.
This and the previous drawing were acquired as anonymous, and thus registered in 1837. A manuscript inventory of the Dutch and Flemish drawings in the British Museum, drawn up in 1845, places them under Jan Baptist Weenix (1621-1660/61), perhaps in the belief that he was the animal painter Jan Weenix (1640-1719), in fact the son of the former, and they have remained under his name since then, albeit with reservations.[1]
That the drawings are comparable to works of Rembrandt's circle seems clear,[2] although no particular name suggests itself strongly. They could be by a pupil active in his workshop in the 1640s, the period to which most of Rembrandt's own sketches in black chalk belong,[3] and, for example, in their schematic outlining of the figures they are reminiscent of drawings by Nicolaes Maes.

NOTES:
[1] See Lit. below.
[2] As recognised by Hind in London, 1931.
[3] Compare, for example, the 'Blind Beggar and his Family' in Amsterdam (Benesch 749), as well as the many black chalk sketches reproduced by Benesch, IV, nos.714ff.

LITERATURE:
London, 1931, p.107, no.4 (attributed to Jan Baptist Weenix, but perhaps Rembrandt School).

For a description of the album see Curator's Comment in SL,5261.1.
From album SL,5261.1 to 167.


Subject
camel (all objects)


Acquisition date
1753

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane (biographical details | all objects)
Transferred from British Library (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
From album of 167 drawings of quadrupeds transferred to Prints and Drawings, 17 November 1886 (see note on fly-leaf), from the Department of Manuscripts.


Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.


Noticed a mistake? Have some extra information about this object? Please contact us


To bookmark this page select "Bookmark this page" or "Add to favourites" from the web browser menu.


Loading...