Sketch of a man's head in profile to r, wearing a hat. c.1647 Black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1884,1108.3

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 11
Royalton-Kisch 2010 41 (Rembrandt)
Benesch 1973 672

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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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)

Sketch of a head, turned to the right; wearing a hat. c.1646

Black chalk; remnants of framing lines in pen and greenish brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, lower left: '69 [?]'.

Height: 38 millimetres
Width: 44 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 27mm apart)

Irregularly trimmed and soiled.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.41:
See the commentary to cat. no.43 (1884,1108.5, Benesch 717). The central figure in the National Gallery's 'Adoration of the Shepherds' of 1646 is comparable (Bredius 575).

LITERATURE (always as Rembrandt):
Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.908; London, 1915, no.11 (c.1630-40? Compares Lazarus in etchings of 'Raising of Lazarus', Bartsch 72-3, Hind 198 and 96); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, no.672, repr. fig.813/855 (c.1642); Haverkamp-Begemann, 1961, p.54 (groups with figure sketches in Vienna and Orleans, Benesch 693 and 698a); Benesch, 1964, p.125, reprinted 1970, p.257 (relates to two sketches in Bucharest, Benesch 672a-b).

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.A58b;
London, 1938, no.11 (c.1630-40?);
London, 1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, no.48, repr. (c.1646).

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