Woman standing by a cupboard at a window; HL Pen and brown ink and brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.100

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 153 (as School of Rembrandt)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.20

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (school of) (biographical details | all objects)
1655 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Woman standing by a window; half-length. c.1655
Pen and brown ink with brown wash, heightened with white; framed in broad wash lines and thin pen lines.
Verso: laid down.
Watermark: countermark: ‘P D [? - indistinct]’.

Inscription Content: Verso inscribed: "1954" and "32"

Height: 157 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 25mm apart)
Width: 117 millimetres


Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.20:
The attribution to Van den Eeckhout, first mooted in 1915 (see Lit. below), seems tenable on the basis of the use of the brown wash, and may be compared with cat. nos.9 and 10 (1861,0810.16 and 1858,0724.11).[1] The contemplative mood is also characteristic. However, the penwork, which may have been added last, is unusual in a wash drawing of this type and differs in character from Eeckhout's, and the figure scale is smaller, leaving room for some doubts.

[1] In 1992, the drawing was exhibited alongside them and the attribution seemed reasonably secure to a 'consensus eruditorum'.

Bürger, 1858, p.401 (by Rembrandt); Vosmaer, 1877, p.602 (Rembrandt); Dutuit, IV, 1885, p.86 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.153, repr. pl.XXII (reminiscent of Eeckhout).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as Rembrandt) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1992 (ex.cat., as Eeckhout).

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