Christ and the woman of Samaria; Christ seated against a wall to the r of the well, the woman stands at l, beyond a view of a town with a prominent square tower Pen and brown ink, over graphite


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1374

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 110 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Hind 1915-31 135

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
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Production person
Circle/School of Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1655 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Christ and the woman of Samaria; Christ seated against a wall to the right of the well, the woman stands at l, beyond a view of a town with a prominent square tower. c.1650-55

Pen and brown ink over graphite.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Countermark 'WK', similar to Hinterding catalogue, variant a (c.1654).

Inscription Content: Verso, in pen and brown ink, lower right: 'No:6 L [£?] Os 6d'; some illegible paraphes in graphite.

Height: 216 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 22/24mm apart)
Width: 204 millimetres

Good; slight discolouration at edges; a few foxmarks.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.110.
The combination of a graphite underdrawing and slack lines in pen and brown ink is typical of copies after Rembrandt made in his studio. Yet the style, with its extensive parallel hatching, seems more reminiscent of Willem Drost than of the master himself.
The composition resembles that of another drawing of the subject in Budapest, although there the scene is depicted in a horizontal rather than vertical format (Benesch A80). The latter is also thought to be the work of a pupil and to have been drawn in the mid-1650s (a date given some support by the watermark). The present sheet could be the work of yet another pupil or apprentice at the same time, and further drawings of the subject made at this period are known.[1]

[1] See the note to Hind, 1941 in Lit. below. The watermark and style argue against the possibility that the drawing is by the collector, E. V. Utterson, by whom a copy after a drawing by Rembrandt is in the British Museum (1996,0928.11).

London, 1915, no.135, repr. pl.XVIII (copy after a lost original of c.1635-40); Hind, 1941, pp.92-5 (variant on Budapest version, Benesch A80; probably a copy of a lost Rembrandt; other versions of the subject in the Barber Institute, Birmingham, Benesch 611, Oxford, Benesch 978, and Weimar, Benesch A118); Budapest, 2005, p.235, under no.226 (discusses related drawing in Budapest, Benesch A80).

woman of samaria (all objects)
christ (scope note | all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Woman of Samaria (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of Jesus Christ (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

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

Acquisition notes
E. Utterson (L.909; not described in his 1857 sale catalogue); John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection (designated as Malcolm Add.132), 1895.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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