Vertumnus and Pomona (?); Pomona in the form of a young woman, fully dressed and wearing a hat, seated on the ground facing l, Vertumnus, as an old woman, is behind Pen and brown ink


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1946,0713.155

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 742x (Eeckhout)
Hind 1915-31 Add.150a
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.3
Phillipps-Fenwick 1935 p.185(2)

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (School of) (biographical details | all objects)
1645 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Vertumnus and Pomona; Pomona in the form of a young woman, fully dressed and wearing a hat, seated on the ground facing left, Vertumnus, as an old woman is behind. c.1645
Pen and dark brown ink; ruled framing lines in the same ink
Verso: see Inscriptions
Watermark: countermark: 'P R'

Height: 148 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 25mm apart)
Width: 170 millimetres

Good; slight creasing at edges and light brown stains at top corners; repaired tear lower right.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.3:
The subject is from Ovid, ('Metamorphoses', XIV, 623-697 and 765-771): Vertumnus attempts to woo Pomona in the guise of an old woman, having tried other disguises in vain. The theme was popular in seventeenth-century Dutch art.[1]
In style the drawing is inseparable from van den Eeckhout's 'Judah and Tamar' now in the Albertina, Vienna, a preparatory study for his painting of 1645 in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.[2] The present sheet was presumably made at this period, although no directly related painting is known. Eeckhout did, however, treat the subject in two drawings of approximately the same date now in New Haven and London (Courtauld Institute).[3] Of these, the composition of the former comes closest to the present work, although only the head of Pomona is really the same. In 1669 van den Eeckhout produced two paintings of the subject, now in Indianapolis and Budapest.[4]

[1] See Sluijter, 1991.
[2] Sumowski 610 (the painting repr. fig.43 and again in Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, no.401).
[3] Sumowski 705x and Sumowksi 741x.
[4] Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, nos.472 and 473 respectively; the former may be a sketch for the latter, which is dated 1669.

Popham, 1935, p.185, no.2 (attributed to Eeckhout); Sumowski, 1962, p.17 (Eeckhout, mid-1640s); New Haven, 1970, I, pp.200-201, under no.371, repr. (Eeckhout); Sumowski, 1979 etc., no.742x, repr. (Eeckhout, c.1645).

classical deity (scope note | all objects)

Associated names
Representation of Pomona (biographical details | all objects)
Representation of Vertumnus (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by Count Antoine Seilern (presented anonymously with the Phillipps-Fenwick collection, 1946) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (Christie's, 5.vi.1860/378 as 'Eckhout (G. van) - The angel appearing to Isaac - black chalk; and two) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Thane (L.1544; not identifiable in his sale catalogues, in which the descriptions are often cursory) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Phillipps (bt at Christie's sale, 6s) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Thomas Lawrence (L.2445) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Samuel Woodburn: his 'Lawrence' sale, Christie's, 2nd day, 5 June, 1860, lot 378 (with Eeckhout cat. no.5, 1946,0713.154), the ‘Angel appearing to Isaac’) and bought Sir T. Phillipps, 6s. Inscribed on verso in lower right, in graphite: '100.'.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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