drawing

The Infant Moses brought to Pharaoh's daughter; with a group of onlookers, kneeling and standing, beneath a vaulted arch, a carriage shaded by a parasol to l Pen and brown ink and brown wash, touched with watercolour, over black and red chalk

AN222330001001

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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1933,1014.25

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 107 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 849x
Hind 1915-31 Add.182

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Barent Fabritius (biographical details | all objects)
Circle/School of Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
The Infant Moses brought to Pharaoh's daughter; with a group of onlookers, kneeling and standing, beneath a vaulted arch, a carriage shaded by a parasol to left. c.1650

Pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash and watercolours with white bodycolour; touched with red and black chalk.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: Paschal Lamb, similar to Heawood 2843, c.1650.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Verso, lower centre, in graphite (19th cent?): 'Eeckhout' and lower left: ' [...] Coll. Jonam 78 [?]'; top right, in black chalk (17th or 18th cent.): '1-10'; centre, in red chalk: '4'.


Dimensions
Height: 179 millimetres (arched top)
Width: 273 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23mm apart)


Condition
Good (some oxidation of the white).

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.107.
The subject is from the Old Testament (Exodus, II, v-vi): the infant Moses, having been hidden by a river in an ark of bulrushes, is brought to Pharaoh's daughter by her attendants.
The drawing is one of three in the collection that have identical watermarks, the others being those by Samuel van Hoogstraten (cat. no.4; 1861,0810.15) and attributed to Philips Koninck (cat. no.12; Oo,9.108).
In style, the drawing reflects Rembrandt's work of around 1650 or later in general terms. Its elaboration in colours is however unusual, and in this respect it is comparable to the drawing of the 'Adoration of the Shepherds' in Rotterdam, attributed to Barent Fabritius (Sumowski 848x). The Rotterdam sheet is attributed to him only on the basis of a loose relationship with his much later painting of the subject in the National Gallery, which is dated 1667.[1] Its analogies with the present work are not sufficiently close to sustain an attribution to him.

NOTE:
[1] Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, no.573, repr., and London, 1991, I, p.134 and II, repr. pl.114 (see also the remarks under cat. no.104; Oo,10.124).

LITERATURE :
Hind, 1933, pp.67-8 (close to Rembrandt, c.1650; compares 'Finding of Moses', Benesch 952, private collection); Sumowski, 1979, etc., IV, 1981, no.849x, repr. (by B. Fabritius; compares 'Adoration of the Shepherds' in Rotterdam, Sumowski 848x).


Subject
old testament (all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Moses (biographical details | all objects)


Acquisition date
1933

Acquisition name
Donated by Janet Image (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Selwyn Image (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
P.H. (Huart? L.2084); Jonam? (see Inscription, verso); Selwyn Image; presented by Mrs Selwyn Image, 1933.


Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.31, no.2;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, as 'attributed to Barent Fabritius').


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