Thatched cottage and farm-buildings, after Rembrandt; with a man sketching Pen and brown ink, over black chalk


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.82

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 138
Royalton-Kisch 2010 97 (anonymous after Rembrandt)

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 Rembrandt (anonymous) (biographical details | all objects)
1640-1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Cottage and farm-buildings, with a man sketching; after Rembrandt. c.1640-50

Pen and brown ink over graphite (largely erased).

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso, centre, in graphite: 'Rembrant [correcting an underlying inscription which may have read Holbein]/ plm', and top left: '17 [in a circle]'.

Height: 115 millimetres
Width: 194 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)

Top left corner repaired; discoloured; rubbed.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, anonymous after Rembrandt, cat. no.97.
A literal, almost line-for-line copy of Rembrandt's etching of c.1641 (Bartsch 219; Hind 213; for an impression in the British Museum see F,5.180). The drawing was thought by at least one nineteenth-century writer to be a preparatory study for the print.[1]
Drawn copies of this type may have formed part of the training of assistants and pupils in Rembrandt's workshop, although copies after Rembrandt's paintings and drawings are more common than those after his etchings. In the present work, the draughtsman nowhere reveals his own personality, so that it is hard to date.[2] The paper resembles that used by Rembrandt himself and the copy could therefore be an early one. A copy in a similar style after Rembrandt's 1641 etching of a 'Landscape with a Cottage and a Haybarn: oblong' (Bartsch 225; Hind 177) is in Cologne and has a watermark typical of Rembrandt and Rembrandt school drawings.[3]

[1] See Lit. below. The drawing was described in the Register as a copy. For the date of the etching, see Paris, 2008, no.171.
[2] Hind, in London, 1915, thought it 'seventeenth or early eighteenth century'.
[3] Inv. No.Z5874; see Cologne, 1983, no.586, repr. The watermark is of a Strasburg lily with the initials WR below.

Vosmaer, 1877, p.539 (by Rembrandt, for the print); Middleton, 1878, p.296, no.315 (not Rembrandt, though 'assumed to be a study for the print'); London, 1915, no.138 (copy after etching).

farm building/farmyard (all objects)
cottage (all objects)
artistic life (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

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

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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