drawing

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 (?)

AN216026001001

© 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

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
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)
Date
1630-1640 (?)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
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.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: No inscriptions.


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


Condition
Good.

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.

NOTES:
[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.

LITERATURE :

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).


Subject
academic nude (all objects)


Acquisition date
1824

Acquisition name
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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