Study of a pig; facing l. c.1638-9 Pen and brown ink, on light brown prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Pp,2.117

Additional IDs
Pp,2.116 (The wrong register no. was stamped on the old mount and subsequently on the drawing when lifted from its old mat in c.1990. The wrong number was given by Hind but is correct in Exh.London 1992.)

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 20 (Rembrandt)
Hind 1915-31 42
Benesch 1973 778

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Rembrandt (biographical details | all objects)
1638-1639 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Study of a pig, facing left. c.1638-1639
Pen and brown iron-gall ink on paper prepared with brown wash

Verso: blank; laid down on an eighteenth century mat; studied in transmitted light.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: No inscriptions.

Height: 104 millimetres
Width: 146 millimetres (chain lines vertical, distance apart not clear)

Generally good; the iron-gall ink has run and eaten into the paper slightly; a small tear near right edge; some old spots and stains; scuffed at top left corner.

Curator's comments
The wrong register no. (Pp,2.116) was stamped on the old mount and subsequently on the drawing when lifted from its old mat in c.1990. The wrong number was given by Hind but is correct in MRK's 1992 exhibition catalogue. The drawing came to the Museum under the name of Titian. A sheet with studies of two pigs in the Louvre (Benesch 777) relates closely to the British Museum's two drawings in style.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.20:
See the commentary to cat. no.21 (Pp,2.116).

LITERATURE (as Rembrandt unless otherwise stated):
Hind, 1909-10, no.22 (compares Louvre sheet, Benesch 777); Hind, 1912/24, under no.204 (comparing the etching of 1643, Bartsch 157, Hind 204); London, 1915, no.42 (c.1635-40; with cat. no.21 [Pp,2.116] formerly attributed to Titian; both compared to Louvre sheet, Benesch 777, and to study of pigs at Bayonne, HdG.749 repr. Lippmann, III, no.25; Rembrandt referred to such studies for the 'Prodigal Son', here cat. no.45; 1910,0212.179); Seidlitz, 1922, p.165, under no.157 (as Hind, 1912/24); Weisbach, 1926, p.176 (compares etching, which has a more 'comic' aspect); Van Dyke, 1927, p.59 (by Doomer); Paris, 1933, p.32, under no.1194 (comparing Louvre drawing, Benesch 777, and 1656 inventory mention of a painting of a pig and of an album of drawings of animals); Benesch, 1935, p.34 (c.1640-44; with cat. no.21 and Louvre drawing, Benesch 777, compared to 1643 etching, 'The Hog', Bartsch 157, Hind 204); Münz, 1952, II, p.115, under no.265 (c.1643, as the etching); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, no.778, repr. fig.925/980 (c.1642-3; as Benesch, 1935); Exh. Vienna, 1956, p.61, under no.208 (comparing the 1643 etching); Haak, 1969/68, p.187, repr. fig.304 (c.1642-3); Exh. Vienna, 1970-71, p.92 under no.153; Haak, 1976/74, no.36, repr. (c.1642-3); Bernhard, 1976, II, repr. p.317; Vogel-Köhn, 1981, p.49, repr. p.52, fig.18 (as Benesch); Exh. Paris, Louvre, Cabinet des Dessins, 1988-9, under no.25 (the Louvre sheet, Benesch 777, earlier than the 1643 etching, for which it was subsequently reused; otherwise as Paris, 1933, and Benesch, 1935); Exh. Paris, 1986, p.169, under no.83.

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Acquisition date

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

Exhibition History
1938, BM, no.42 (c.1635-40);
1956, BM, p.9, no.1 (with cat. no.21; Pp,2.116);
1992, BM, no.23, repr.

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