Sketch of a seated man in profile to r; HL leaning on his r hand, wearing a turban with ear lappets (?) and with beard (?). c.1647 Black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1884,1108.6

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 10
Royalton-Kisch 2010 40 (Rembrandt)
Benesch 1973 718

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)

Sketch of a seated man, profile to right, half length; leaning on his right hand, wearing a turban with ear lappets (?) and with beard (?). 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: '72 [in a circle]'.

Height: 76 millimetres
Width: 58 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25mm apart)

Small loss from right edge; dirty, with a brown smudge running diagonally across the top.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Rembrandt, cat. no.40:
See the commentary to cat. no.43 (1884,1108.5, Benesch 717).

LITERATURE (always as Rembrandt):
Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.907; London, 1915, no.10, repr. pl.III (c.1630-40?); Benesch, 1935, p.40 (c.1647-50); Benesch, IV, 1955/73, no.718, repr. fig.861/910 (c.1646-7; compares etching 'Old Man in Meditation, leaning on a Book', Bartsch 147, Hind 218).

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.A58a;
London, 1938, no.10 (c.1630-40?);
London, 1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, no.47, repr. (c.1646).

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