The Flight into Egypt, after Rembrandt; the Virgin holding the Christ Child in her arm, Joseph helping her down a bank where an ass is waiting, trees behind Pen and brown ink, touched with light brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1900,0411.5

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 131
Royalton-Kisch 2010 91 (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)
1650-1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

The Flight into Egypt; the Virgin holding the Christ Child in her arm, Joseph helping her down a bank where an ass is waiting, trees behind. c.1650-60

Pen and brown ink with touches of brown wash.

Verso: blank.

Watermark: Cross of Lorraine (similar to Hinterding catalogue, variant A.a.a.).

Inscription Content: Lower right, in pen and brown ink (not the same ink as the drawing): 'Rembrandt'.

Height: 183 millimetres
Width: 234 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)

Rubbed with some red chalk below; trimmed below.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous after Rembrandt, cat. no.91.
An apparently early copy of Rembrandt's drawing in Berlin (Benesch 902), a work of the 1650s. Another copy is in Stockholm, and two further copies have been recorded.[2]

[1] Registered as 'School of' Rembrandt. A. E. Popham, writing in the introduction to the John Skippe sale catalogue (Christie's 20-21 Nov. 1958), notes that at least one ex-Skippe drawing was owned by Bateson and sold at the latter's sale, Sotheby's, 23 April, 1929, lot 26. The Bateson sale catalogue records that 22 other drawings were formerly in the Skippe collection, but as they do not bear his mark, Popham believed this provenance to be no more than conjectural. Yet Hind's mention of a Skippe provenance for the present sheet suggests that the connection may have been real, and that Bateson managed to acquire drawings from Skippe's heirs.
[2] The copy in the Ederheimer sale, New York, Anderson Galleries, November 1924, recorded in Berlin, 1930, may perhaps be identical with one of the other versions, the Stockholm drawing (inv. 49/1986, repr. Exh. Stockholm, 1992, p.325, fig.2) or that sold in Paris by Ader Picard Tajan, Hôtel Drouot, 27 Nov. 1990, lot 66, repr.

Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.880 and under no.53 (copy of drawing in Berlin, Ben.902); London, 1915, no.131 (as HdG); Valentiner, I. 1925, under no.335; Berlin, 1930, p.225, under no.5262 (notes copy in Ederheimer sale, New York, Anderson Galleries, November 1924 [however, the present writer finds no reference to such a drawing in the sale catalogue]); Benesch, 1960, under no.62; Berlin, 2006, p.157, under no.45.

flight into egypt (all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Virgin Mary (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of St Joseph (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of Jesus Christ (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Prof William Bateson (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Skippe (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
John Skippe (according to London, 1915); purchased from William Bateson [1] under Comment. Register incorrectly listed in Hind as 1910,0414.5.

Exhibition History
None recorded.

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