Pastoral subject; a woman standing at r holding a seated woman by the hand, a group of children to l, two of them on the ground, a man driving cattle in woods beyond Pen and brown ink, with grey wash and red chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1150

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1123x (Hoogstraten)
Hind 1915-31 2 (as Eeckhout)
JCR 688
Hind 1923 Add.4
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Hoogstraten.2

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 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Samuel van Hoogstraten (biographical details | all objects)
1646 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Rachel asking Leah for mandrakes; a woman standing at right holding a seated woman by the hand, a group of children to left, two of them on the ground, a man driving cattle in woods beyond

Pen and brown ink, with red chalk and grey and brown wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink (partly cut away).

Verso: laid down on card.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: An inscription cut away at lower right corner; on verso of backing, in graphite, top: ‘688 [the Malcolm catalogue number]’; lower centre: ‘676 [erased]’ and lower right: ‘12 / 6 Shut [Sheet?]’; in pen and brown ink, centre: ‘Eeckhout’, and lower right: ‘by van Eckhout / 694’.

Height: 187 millimetres
Width: 266 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, distance apart uncertain)

Good; stuck down on card.

Curator's comments
In Hind as Eeckhout.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Samuel van Hoogstraten, cat. no.2:
The subject proposed here follows a recent suggestion[1] that it is based on Genesis XXX, 14-15: Rachel asks her elder sister Leah, both of whom are married to Jacob, for some of the mandrakes that Leah's son, Reuben, had brought; Leah rebukes Rachel, who was barren, for asking for this after taking her husband, Jacob. 'And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee tonight, for the sake of thy son's mandrakes'. Subsequently Leah bears Jacob a son for the fifth time.
In style the drawing conforms to Van Hoogstraten's compositional studies of around 1646, including cat. no.1 (1895,0915.1175), dated in that year. No related work is known.

[1] Identified by Sumowski, 1981 (see Lit. below).

Robinson, 1869/76, no.676/688 (Eeckhout; from Robinson collection); London, 1915, p.75, no.2, repr. pl.XL (Eeckhout; compares 'David promising Bathsheba' in Albertina, Vienna, inv.17592 [Sumowski 1125x], also then given to Eeckhout); Secker, 1920, p.46 (as London, 1915); Benesch, 1922, pp.41-2, n.3 (by Samuel van Hoogstraten); Van Dyke, 1927, p.62 (doubtful as Eeckhout, 'feeble'); Sumowski, 1965[I], p.255, n.2 (Hoogstraten); Keyes, 1977, p.67, under no.113; Sumowski, 1979 etc., V, 1981, no.1123x, repr. (Hoogstraten, c.1646; compares 'Baptism' in Vienna, Sumowski 1103, and 'Lament for Abel' in Constance, Sumowski 1104; suggests subject as given above).

old testament (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J.C. Robinson; John Malcolm of Poltalloch; purchased with his collection, 1895.

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.388 (Eeckhout);
1956, p.33, no.3 (Eeckhout);
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, Hoogstraten).

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