A man at a table with a tankard and pipe; WL, almost to l, grinning and wearing a broad-brimmed hat Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on buff prepared paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1936,1010.24

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1466x
Hind 1915-31 Add.12
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Koninck.P.17

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Egbert van Heemskerck I (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Philips Koninck (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A peasant seated at a table holding a drink and a pipe; whole-length, almost to left, grinning and wearing a broad-brimmed hat. c.1662
Pen and brown ink; ruled framing lines in a different brown ink (wholly trimmed away at the top and partly to left and below).
Verso: see Inscriptions.
Watermark: countermark IFD (comparable to Hinterding catalogue, variant IFD´.a., datable c.1653; countermark to Arms of Amsterdam, variant F.a.).

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower left, in pen and brown ink (a different ink than the drawing or framing lines): ‘Hemskerk’; and verso, top centre, in pen and dark brown ink: ‘Hemskerck.’.

Height: 203 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24mm apart)
Width: 185 millimetres

Generally discoloured and dirty; top left corner repaired.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, attributed to Philips Koninck, cat. no.17:

The scale of the figure and breadth of style are unusual for Koninck, but the drawing compares convincingly with three signed sketches, the 'Two Peasants smoking and drinking' in the P. and N. de Boer Foundation, Amsterdam, which is dated 1661, the 'Seated Peasant smoking and standing Peasant with a Jug' in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the 'Singing Fiddler' in the Hermitage, St Petersburg.[1]
The old attribution to Egbert van Heemskerk, although inaccurate, is understandable given the subject-matter, intended as a droll caricature of the peasantry.

[1] Sumowski nos.1329, 1333 (inv. B.12 rés.) and 1336 (inv.4295) respectively. Sumowski himself drew attention to these similarities.

Heseltine, 1910, no.11, repr. (Egbert van Heemskerk); Gerson, 1936, pp.68-9 and no.Z.262 (1660s; compares 'Tavern Scenes' in Groningen, inv.1931-139 [Sumowski 1457x] and Paris, inv.RF.652 [Sumowski 1467x]); Oxford, 1938, p.127, under no.259; Sumowski, 1979 etc., VI, 1982, no.1466x, repr. (see above).

peasant/villager (scope note | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Colnaghi (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Henry Oppenheimer (Christie's, 13.vii.1936, lot 259 (with C. Bega drawing of a Standing Woman, turned to left, black ch) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection D Stoopendaal (his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, Yver and Roos, 3.iv.1797/Kunstboek E, no.29, bt Schley, F.1) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Postle Heseltine (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
D. Stoopendaal; his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, Yver and Roos, 3.iv.1797/Kunstboek E, no.29, bt Schley, f.1; J. P. Heseltine (L.1507); bt from him by Colnaghi's, 1912 (see L.1507); H. Oppenheimer; his sale, Christie's, 2nd day, 13 July, 1936, lot 259 (as Koninck), bt Colnaghi for BM with a drawing by Cornelis Bega (not in the British Museum) for £13-13s-0d (registered as by Heemskerk).

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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