Unknown subject; a woman kneeling at l foreground kissing the foot of a bearded old man, a younger man, holding a child between his knees crouched at r at the top of some steps, a bed behind at r Brush drawing in brown wash, with pen and brown ink, grey and blue wash, over black and red chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1910,0218.3

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 3
Sumowski 1979 continuing 840x (B. Fabritius)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Hoogstraten.9

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
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Production person
Formerly attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Attributed to Samuel van Hoogstraten (biographical details | all objects)
1650-1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

The Shunamite thanking Elisha for reviving her son; a woman kneeling at left foreground kissing the foot of a bearded old man, a younger man, holding a child between his knees crouched at right at the top of some steps, a bed behind at right. c.1650-60
Pen and grey and brown ink with brown, grey, blue and red wash, and some white bodycolour.
Verso: see Inscriptions.
Watermark: Cross of Lorraine with initials 'GB' below.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite, lower left: 3; lower right, in pen and black ink: ‘Eckhout / RPR’.

Height: 217 millimetres (arched top)
Width: 169 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23mm apart)


Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Samuel van Hoogstraten, cat. no.9:
The subject is from 2 Kings 4, xxxvi-xxxvii: the Shunamite woman falls at Elisha's feet after the revival of her son.
Acquired as by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, the drawing has also been given to Samuel van Hoogstraten and Barend Fabritius (see Literature below). Drawings by the latter are uncommon and ascribed to him on the basis of his paintings, which have few analogies with the present work. Drawings by Samuel van Hoogstraten, on the other hand, offer many stylistic parallels. He produced a number of highly-finished, pictorial illustrations to the Bible, and the similarities with works such as the 'Presentation in the Temple', in a French private collection (Sumowski 1107) and the 'Vision of St Peter' now in Stockholm (Sumowski 1127x)[1] lead us to retain the British Museum drawing under Hoogstraten's name, albeit with some reservations. One possibility is that the drawing is based on one by Hoogstraten, and that it was then corrected by the latter, an idea prompted by the thicker, more confident lines that mark many areas, especially in the lower figure and the steps at the lower right. It may date from the 1650s.

[1] Inv.1986/1863, repr. in colour in Exh. Stockholm, 1992-3, no.181.

London, 1915, p.80, no.3, repr. pl.XLV (subject uncertain; probably by van Hoogstraten); Stockholm, 1920, p.33 (by van den Eeckhout?; compares Stockholm 'Noli me tangere', given to him, inv.2016/1559 [Sumowski 574xx as van Dyck]); Benesch, 1922, p.42, n.1 (inspired by Rembrandt compositions); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IV, 1981, no.840x, repr. (B. Fabritius, comparing 'Burial of Jacob', formerly Perman collection, Sumowski 838x, the 'Satyr and the Peasant' in Rotterdam, MB179, Sumowski 827x and 'Sacrifice of Abraham' formerly Dresden, Sumowski 830x; identifies subject); Tietjen, 1998, p.116, repr. fig.23 (as B. Fabritius, comparing woman on the left with Cornelia in his 'Continence of Scipio' in Hannover [Sumowski, Gem., II, 1983, no.551, repr. p.931]).

Associated names
Representation of Elisha (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Mrs Robert Low (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
R.P. Roupell (L.2234); possibly his sale, Christie's 6th day, 13 July 1887, lot 969: 'G. van den Eeckhout: An Interior with Figures', bt Thibaudeau, 5 shillings; presented by Mrs Robert Low, 1910.

Exhibition History
London, 1956, p.33, no.2 (Hoogstraten).

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