A lion lying down, licking his paw; the head to r Brush drawing in brown ink and brown wash, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1273

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 129 (anonymous Rembrandt School)
Hind 1915-31 134
JCR 801

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

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

A lion lying down, licking his paw; the head to right. c.1650

Pen (perhaps a reed pen) and brown ink with brown wash over graphite; framing lines in pen and a darker brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, top left: '4'; centre right: '801'; centre: 'C.3./16'; and lower left (also in graphite): 'N113'.

Height: 78 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 161 millimetres

Good; an original paper crease below; an incised line above the animal’s rump.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous Rembrandt School, cat. no.129.
The drawing loosely resembles Rembrandt's studies of lions of the 1640s, and those by his pupils (see cat. nos.29-30, 72 and 126-8 [respectively Oo,9.71, Oo,9.75, Oo,9.73, 1895,0915.1272 , Oo,9.70 and Oo,9.72]). The graphite underdrawing, however, betrays this as a copy, as does the limp draughtsmanship. No original is known, but the copy may follow a now lost drawing by the master - or by one of his associates - of the decade to which most of his other studies of this kind belong. It appears to be an early copy and may have been made at the same period as the original.
Another drawing, of a lion licking a rear paw, was etched by Picart for his 'Recueil de lions' of 1729 (no. C1).
[1] The sterling price from the annotated copy of Robinson, 1876, in the British Museum.

Vosmaer, 1868, p.461 (mentions as by Rembrandt a drawing of this description from the Mendes and Leembruggen collections); Robinson, 1869/76, no.783/801; Vosmaer, 1877, p.528 (as in 1868); Robinson; London, 1915, no.134 (possibly an early copy after Rembrandt).

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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)
Previous owner/ex-collection Mendes de Leon (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Possibly Jan Hulswit sale, Amsterdam, 28 Oct., 1822, lot 16: ‘Een liggende Leeuw zijn poot likkende; krachtig behandelt met de pen en roet’, bt Schotte, f.1-15; Mendes de Leon; his sale, Amsterdam, 20 November, 1843, Kunstboek N, no.8, bt Roos, f.20; Gérard Leembruggen; his sale, Roos, Engelberts, Lamma and Roos, Amsterdam, 5 March, etc., 1866, lot 477, bt Robinson, f.30, for Malcolm (who paid £2-17-3);* John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection, 1895. *Please see n.1 under Comment.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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