Sheet of miscellaneous studies, mainly figure studies including the head of an old man wearing spectacles, HL figure wearing a soft cap looking over his l shoulder and pointing with his r hand and sketches of trees or bushes Pen and brown ink, on buff paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1886,0706.5

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 14
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1634x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.12

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 Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
British (all objects)

Sheet of studies, with a pointing man, other figures, and foliage; including the head of an old man wearing spectacles, half-length figure wearing a soft cap looking over his left shoulder and pointing with his right hand and sketches of trees or bushes. c.1660

Pen and brown ink, touched with brown wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, lower centre: ‘Lot 193 / 5’ and lower right: ‘4 [in a circle]’.

Height: 441 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 22/27mm apart - somewhat irregular)
Width: 284 millimetres

Generally good; minor losses at top edge; a water stain has obliterated a few lines towards upper right; some foxing and discolouration.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.12:
No other, comparable sheet of miscellaneous sketches by Lievens survives, and few of his pen drawings can be dated securely after the 1640s. The present drawing, in which the foliage is stylistically close to his landscape drawings (including cat. nos.13-24; 1876,1209.628; 1860,0616.58; 1847,0326.13; 1860,0616.59; Oo,10.140; 1895,0915.1197; 1895,0915.1198; 1946,0713.163; 1836,0811.340; 1946,0713.160; 1946,0713.162; and 1854,0628.88), may date from around 1660, perhaps somewhat before the dated drawing of 1664 of 'The Penitant St Jerome' now in Düsseldorf.[1] No related work by Lievens is known and, as with the landscapes, an attribution to his son Jan Andrea Lievens cannot be ruled out.

[1] Inv. F.P.5085; Sumowski 1617.

London, 1915, p.87, no.14, repr. pl.LVII; Schneider, 1932, no.Z.128 (with provenance details); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, no.1634x, repr. (possibly 1650s); Exh. Washington-Milwaukee-Amsterdam, 2008-9, p.259, under nos.119-20, repr. fig.1.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased through Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased through Frederik Muller & Co (Amsterdam, 15.vi.1886/193) (biographical details | all objects)
Purchased from J H Cremer (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
D. Vis Blokhuyzen; his sale, Rotterdam, Lamme, 23-28 October, 1871, lot 346, 'Feuille d'étude. A la plume', bt Vosmaer, f.1-75; J.H. Cremer and 'Mons. F..., à Londres' sale, Amsterdam, Muller, 15 June 1886, lot 193 (as from Vis Blokhuyzen collection), bt Thibaudeau for British Museum.

Exhibition History
London, 1891, no.115;
1956, p.32, no.1;
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue).

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