Two studies of the head of a woman in profile to l, wearing a headdress, looking down. c.1647 Black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1884,1108.4

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 12
Royalton-Kisch 2010 42 (Rembrandt)
Benesch 1973 671

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)
1646 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A woman’s head, drawn twice, profile to left; wearing a headdress, looking down. c.1646

Black chalk; traces of framing lines in green and brown ink.

Verso: blank (see Inscriptions).

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed, verso, in graphite: '70 [in a circle]'.

Height: 39 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 25mm apart)
Width: 59 millimetres

Irregularly trimmed and slightly soiled, otherwise good.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.42:
See the commentary to cat. no.43 (1884,1108.5, Benesch 717).

LITERATURE (always as Rembrandt):
Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.920; London, 1915, no.12 (c.1630-40?); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, no.671, repr. fig.812/854 (c.1642; compares cat. no.41; 1884,1108.3, Benesch 672); Haverkamp-Begemann, 1961, p.54 (as cat. no.40; 1884,1108.6); Benesch, 1964, p.125, reprinted 1970, p.257 (as cat. no.41; 1884,1108.3).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Miss Milner (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Joseph van Haecken (L.2516) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Joshua Reynolds (L.2364) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1899, no.A58c (placed with drawings between 1646 and 1648);
1938, no.12 (c.1630-40?);
1992, BM Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, no.49, repr.

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