Study of a lion lying down, after Rembrandt; with head at r, looking to front. c.1635-40 Pen and brown ink, and brown wash, heightened with white (oxidised), on light brown prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1274

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 133
JCR 802
Royalton-Kisch 2010 96 (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 (biographical details | all objects)
1646-1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A reclining lion, head at right, looking to front; after Rembrandt. c.1646-50
Pen and brown ink with brown wash over touches of black chalk, touched with white, on paper prepared with light brown wash. Framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on recto, in lower right, in graphite: '7'. Inscribed on verso, at top, in graphite: '802' and 'B'. The register number also inscribed in graphite.

Height: 92 millimetres (chain lines vertical but at a slight slant, 24mm apart)
Width: 156 millimetres

Generally good; slight crease, upper left.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, anonymous after Rembrandt, cat. no.96.
An early copy of cat. no.72 (Oo,9.73, q.v.), which is a pupil's work, perhaps retouched by Rembrandt. The present sheet could also be by a pupil in the workshop at the same period, but it was clearly made after the original had been cut on the left, and it omits part of the rope and the two vertical lines behind the animal.

Robinson, 1869/76, no.784/802; Kleinmann, IV, 59; Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.944 (Rembrandt); Wurzbach, 1910, p.418 (as HdG): London, 1915, no.133 (probably a copy of cat. no.72, Oo,9.73); Benesch, VI, 1957/73, under no.1370; Exh. London, 1992, under no.88 (copy).

mammal (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (possibly his sale, Christie's, 14.vi.1860/1502 bt Colnaghi for £2-5-0) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.383a;
1899, no.A19a (as copy or less successful first sketch of cat. no.72, Oo,9.73);
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, as copy of no.88).

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