A mounted officer; almost in profile to l, wearing a high plumed hat and a ruff, his sword slung across his back. c.1638 Pen and brown ink with brown wash, touched with red and yellow chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1859,0806.74

Bibliographic reference
Royalton-Kisch 2010 18 (Rembrandt)
Benesch 1973 367
Hind 1915-31 7

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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A mounted officer; almost in profile to left, wearing a high plumed hat and a ruff, his sword slung across his back. c.1638
Pen and brown ink with brown wash, with red chalk, touched with white heightening and yellow (probably oil - see cat. no.17; Oo,10.122).
Verso: laid down on a remnant of an old mat with gilding, as cat. no.17; Oo,10.122 (q.v.).
No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed on verso of backing card, in graphite: ‘34 [in a circle]’ and ‘12’.

Height: 210 millimetres (chain lines not visible)
Width: 164 millimetres

Good; trimmed a little irregularly on all sides; a minor, yellowish stain, upper right.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.18:
See the commentary to cat. no.17 (Oo,10.122). The traditional title is used here, although the costume of the figure seems old-fashioned for the date and not necessarily representative of an 'officer'.

LITERATURE (always as Rembrandt):
Blanc, II, 1861, p.454; Vosmaer, 1877, p.602; Dutuit, IV, 1885, p.86; Michel, 1893, p.582; Hofstede de Groot, 1894, p.178 (based on an earlier drawing in the manner of Adriaen van de Venne or Esaias van de Velde; costumes of c.1600); Lippmann, II, no.43; Kleinmann, IV, no.2; Bell, c.1905, repr. pl.XI; Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.901 (follows Exh. London 1899 – see Exhibitions under Location); Saxl, 1908, p.338 (possibly related to 'Eendracht van 't Lant', datable c.1648, Bredius 476, Corpus A135 as later 1630s); Wurzbach, 1910, p.418; London, 1915, no.7 (c.1630-35; more probably drawn from life than from an earlier model); Valentiner, II, 1934, no.791 (c.1633-5); Benesch, 1935, p.41; Hamann, 1948, p.147, repr. fig.10; (c.1635); Benesch, 1954/73, II, no.367, repr. fig.415/443 (c.1637-8); Drost, 1957, p.182, detail repr. fig.204 (compares Elsheimer drawing in Vienna in which pose and angle similar); Exh. New York-Cambridge, 1960, p.26, under no.31; Slive, 1965, I, no.267 (c.1638); Haak, 1969/68, p.150, fig.236 (c.1637-8); Exh. Chicago-Minneapolis-Detroit, 1969-70, under no.112 (as for cat. no.17, Oo,10.122); Bernhard, 1976, II, repr. p.231; Broos, 1977, p.104 (misquoting London, 1915); Exh. Paris-Antwerp-London-New York, 1979-80, p.103, under no.71 (notes Richardson, sen., provenance of the drawings in the group); Royalton-Kisch, 1991, p.18, n.1 (as for cat. no.17, Oo,10.122); Exh. Berlin-Amsterdam-London, 1991-2[I], p.60; Turner, 1994, p.92, fig.23 (Bouverie provenance).

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Acquisition name
Purchased through Walter Benjamin Tiffin (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Christie's (20.vii.1859/133) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2184) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Bouverie (L.325) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Jonathan Richardson, sen. (L.2184); John Bouverie (L.325);* by descent to first Earl of Gainsborough; his sale, Christie’s, 20 July, 1859, lot 133, bt Tiffin for British Museum. *See under Van den Eeckhout cat. no.19; 1859,0806.72, Acquisitions Notes

Exhibition History
London, 1899, no. A16 (costume of c.1600; relates to Benesch 368, now New York, Pierpont Morgan Library);
1938, no.7;
1956, p.11, no.25;
1992, no.22, repr. in colour;
Melbourne-Canberra, 1997-8, 'Rembrandt', no.81, repr. in colour.

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