Academic nude; an old man seated, wearing a loin-cloth, his l hand resting on the corner of the stool on which he sits. c.1630-40 (?) Brush drawing in brown ink and brown and grey wash, touched with watercolour and bodycolour (?)


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,10.158

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 13 (as Lievens)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Dijck.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
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Production person
Attributed to Abraham van Dijck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (school of) (biographical details | all objects)
1630-1640 (?)
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Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Seated old man; an academic nude, old man seated, wearing a loin-cloth, his left hand resting on the corner of the stool on which he sits. c.1630-40 (?)

Pen and brown ink with brown, grey and purple wash over light indications in black chalk; framing lines in pen and grey ink.

Verso: some scribbled trials in red chalk.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: No inscriptions.

Height: 177 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24/27mm apart)
Width: 158 millimetres


Curator's comments
Probably the same model is depicted as in a sheet by Jan Lievens, see 1836,0811.347.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Abraham van Dijck, cat. no.2:

The former attribution to Lievens, proposed by Hind, was based on the resemblance between the model and that in Lievens' drawing of a 'Seated Hermit'.[1] The figure is also reminiscent of Lievens' early etchings and drawings of seated old men and saints; but the style is not his.
An alternative attribution to Willem Drost has more recently also found support (see Lit. below). Yet the analogies are restricted to a single figure in a painting by Drost, the 'Mercury and Argus' in Dresden of the 1650s.[2] Somewhat closer in style is a drawing by Abraham van Dyck of an 'Old Woman with a Bible', now in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, which is a study for a painting in the Hermitage that is attributed to the same artist.[3]
On this assumption a group of drawings has been ascribed to Abraham van Dijck, some of which are also comparable to the British Museum drawing: the 'Noli me tangere' in Stockholm[4] is a characteristic example, and the similar, somewhat scumbled outlines and the handling of the drapery seem close enough to warrant the tentative attribution of the present drawing to the same artist.

[1] Here as Lievens cat. no.3 (1836,0811.347). See London, 1915 (see Lit. below).
[2] Inv.1608; repr. Sumowski, 'Gemälde', I, 1983, no.314.
[3] The drawing is Sumowski 571, the painting Sumowski, 'Gemälde', I, 1983, no.367, repr. Peter Schatborn tentatively suggested van Dijck to the compiler in conversation (1992).
[4] Inv.1993/1863; Sumowski 574xx.


London, 1915, p.87, no.13, repr. pl.LIV (by Lievens; see further above); Schneider, 1932, no.Z.123 (by Lievens); Sumowski, 1969, p.377 (by Drost, from his Italian period; compares Drost's painting, 'Mercury and Argus', Dresden, [Sumowski, 'Gemälde', 314]); Bruyn, 1984, p.157, repr. p.159, fig.12 (attrib. to Drost).

academic nude (all objects)

Acquisition date

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Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (as School of Rembrandt) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
2016 12 Feb-14 May, Amsterdam, Museum het Rembrandthuis, Drawing Nude Models. Rembrandt and his Contemporaries

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