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


© 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)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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

paper (all objects)
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)
1640-1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Italian (all objects)
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

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).

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

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

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.

[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.

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.

camel (all objects)

Acquisition date

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.

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