Study of a young man standing, study for a St John the Evangelist ?; WL, with long hair, wearing a robe tied at the waist, his l arm raised Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0408.1

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 2
Sumowski 1979 continuing 893
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Flinck.6

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Govert Flinck (biographical details | all objects)
1650 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A young man standing (perhaps St John the Evangelist); whole-length, with long hair, wearing a robe tied at the waist, his left arm raised. c.1650

Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper.

Verso: blank.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Signed, lower right: ‘G. flinck. f.’.

Height: 361 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23/24mm apart)
Width: 217 millimetres

Good, though perhaps a little rubbed.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Govert Flinck, cat. no.6:
As has been suggested by all previous writers, the drawing is probably a study for an apostle, perhaps a St John standing at the foot of the cross, but no directly related work is known. It probably dates from later than Flinck's painting of the 'Crucifixion' of 1647,[1] although his chalk figure studies of this kind are difficult to place chronologically.

[1] Basel, Kunstmuseum, repr. Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, 1983, no.630.

London, 1915, pp.77-8, no.2 (perhaps for a St John the Evangelist); Van Dyke, 1927, p.75; Von Moltke, 1965, no.D101, repr. (as London, 1915); Sumowski, 1979 etc., IV, 1981, no.893, repr. (compares 'Seated Man' at Weimar, inv.KK4949, Sumowski 892, of 1658; late work; otherwise as London, 1915).

saint/martyr (scope note | all objects)

Associated names
Representation of St John the Evangelist (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from James Bain (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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