A Deccani Nobleman standing, after a Mughal miniature; WL, almost in profile to l, with moustache and slight beard, his l hand leaning on a sword, his r extended. c.1656-61 Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, with scraping out, on buff prepared Oriental paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1280

Bibliographic reference
Benesch 1973 1200
Royalton-Kisch 2010 59 (Rembrandt)
Hind 1915-31 77
JCR 808

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

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Drawn by Rembrandt (biographical details | all objects)
1656-1661 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A Deccani Nobleman standing; after a Mughal miniature, whole-length, almost in profile to left, with moustache and slight beard, his left hand leaning on a sword, his right extended. c.1656-1661
Pen and brown ink with grey and brown wash and scraping-out on oriental paper prepared with pale brown wash.
Verso: laid down.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of mat, in graphite: '35//808/35/6/…ehl'.

Height: 196 millimetres
Width: 158 millimetres

Generally good; a few abrasions to the surface.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.59:
A copy after a Mughal miniature (see under cat. no.56; 1895,0915.1275, Benesch 1187). Like cat. no.58 (1910,0212.182, Benesch 1199), the figure has not been recognised and the miniature copied by Rembrandt has not been identified.[1] A slighter sketch after the head of the same figure is in a private collection in New York.[2]

[1] Of the miniatures at Schönbrunn, the nearest is the figure at the top right of the illustration in Strzygowski, 1923, pl.39, who has a similar shawl. That the Museum's drawing represents a Deccani was suggested by Ralph Pinder-Wilsen, c.1960 (notes in Museum files).
[2] Repr. Robinson, 1988, p.585, fig.4a, and Exh. London, 1992, p.147, fig.65a. For further details see under cat. no.56 (1895,0915.1275, Benesch 1187), n.10.

LITERATURE (always as Rembrandt):
Robinson, 1869/76, no.786/808 (ex-Robinson coll.); Kleinmann, IV, no.24; Sarre, 1904, p.154, repr. p.155, fig.10 (as cat. no.56 [1895,0915.1275, Benesch 1187]; costume study; the shawl over the shoulder seen in the 'Good Samaritan', Berlin, Benesch 556); Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.928; Wurzbach, 1910, p.418 (Rembrandt?); London, 1915, no.77; Valentiner, II, 1934, no.648, repr.; Benesch, 1935, p.56; Benesch, V, 1957/73, no.1200, repr. fig.1426/1500 (c.1654-6). Bernhard, 1976, II, repr. p.507; Lunsingh Scheurleer, 1991, p.103, repr. fig.7 (notes similarity of the drawing in a private collection; Deccani courtier); Courtright, 1996, p.502, repr. fig.14.

Associated places
Associated with Deccan (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (L.1433, erased) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2184) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (L.1489) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Jonathan Richardson, sen. (L.2184; see cat. no.56; 1895,0915.1275, Benesch 1187); J.C.Robinson (L.1433, erased, lower right corner, visible under ultra-violet light); John Malcolm of Poltalloch (L.1489), purchased with his collection, 1895.

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.379a (from an Indian illuminated MS);
1899, no.A55;
1938, no.77 (c.1656);
1956, p.16, no.8;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, no.65, repr. in colour (c.1656-61);
2003-4, 'Treasures of the British Museum', Tokyo (Metropolitan Art Museum), Kobe (City Museum), Fukuoka (City Museum) and Niigata (Prefectural Mus of Fine Arts).

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