Seated figure of a man with a dark beard in profile to r Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1271

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 151 (as School of Rembrandt)
JCR 799
Sumowski 1979 continuing 948x (after Flinck)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Flinck.10

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
After Govert Flinck (?) (biographical details | all objects)
Circle/School of Rembrandt (biographical details | all objects)
1640 (perhaps, circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A seated man with a beard, arms raised; in profile to right. Perhaps c.1640
Pen and brown ink; remnants of framing lines in pen and (lighter) brown ink.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
Watermark: a lily in a shield (fragment only).

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, upper left: ‘14’ and centre: ‘799 [the Malcolm cat. no.]’.

Height: 102 millimetres
Width: 72 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)

Brown stain down left side; trimmed a little irregularly; otherwise good.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, anonymous after Govert Flinck, cat. no.10:
The figure's action resembles that of a disciple at the 'Supper at Emmaus',[1] although other possibilities exist, such as the 'Raising of Lazarus'.
The character of the penwork suggests that the sketch is a copy after a lost drawing, one not by Rembrandt himself. Similar copies are found in other collections, and could have been made as part of a pupil's training, either in Rembrandt's own workshop or in the studio of one of his followers.[2] Govert Flinck has been plausibly suggested as the draughtsman of the original drawing in this instance,[3] although the attribution of the drawings to which it is comparable remain somewhat conjectural. Chief among these is the 'Seated old Man' now in Melbourne (inv. 1278/3; Sumowski 948x).

[1] As suggested by Sumowski, 1967 (see Lit. below). Compare also the drawing in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. (Benesch 11).
[2] Cf. the drawing of 'Vertumnus and Pomona' in Stockholm (Benesch C10, the comparison first made by Kruse in Stockholm, 1920, p.89).
[3] By Sumowski (see Lit. below).

Robinson, 1869/76, no.781/799 (Rembrandt); London, 1915, no.151 (School of Rembrandt); Stockholm, 1920, p.89 (compares 'Vertumnus and Pomona', Stockholm, Benesch C10); London, 1961, p.11, under no.179 (not Rembrandt; compares 'Healing of Tobit', London, Courtauld Institute, Princes Gate collection, Benesch 131); Sumowski, 1967, p.340, repr. fig.5 (copy? after G. Flinck of c.1638); Sumowski, 1979, etc., IV, 1981, no.948ax, repr. (as in 1967; the figure for a 'Supper at Emmaus').

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J.C. Robinson; John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection, 1895.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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