drawing

Study of a youth seated, looking upwards; TQL, almost to r, with long hair, his l hand on his breast Brush drawing in brown wash

AN211429001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1895,0915.1228

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 147 (as School of Rembrandt)
JCR 759 (as Netscher)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 790x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.11

Location:
Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

Materials
paper (all objects)
Techniques
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Caspar Netscher (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Rembrandt (School of) (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Gerard Ter Borch II (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1655 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
A seated man, looking up; three-quarter length, almost to right, with long hair, his left hand on his breast. c.1655

Drawn with the point of the brush in brown, with brown wash; framing lines in pen and brown ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Dimensions
Height: 187 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23/4mm apart)
Width: 172 millimetres


Condition
Lower left corner stained, as cat. no.10 (1858,0724.11), but not retouched; the darkest areas of wash have produced tide marks; lower left corner repaired; a small purplish mark in the nearer sleeve, below.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.11:
From the same group as cat. nos.9 and 10 (1861,0810.16 and 1858,0724.11, qq.v.), but taken from another model. The pose suggests a scholar, poet or divine.

LITERATURE :
Robinson, 1869/76, no.744/759 (by Netscher; from Hawkins and Robinson collections); Hind, 1914-15, under no.17 (summarising London, 1915); London, 1915, no.147, repr. pl.XXI (acquired as Netscher and thus catalogued by Robinson; Eeckhout likely, though Maes also a possibility for drawings in the same group); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (probably Eeckhout, comparing signed sheet in Amsterdam, Sumowski 634, and drawing formerly in Goldschmidt sale, no.187 [now Paris, Fondation Custodia, Sumowski 787x]); Exh. London, 1929, p.245, and 1929[I], p.220, under no.659 (as Hirschmann, 1918); Amsterdam, 1942, p.74 and p.77, under no.10 (Eeckhout); Roy, 1972, p.192 (Eeckhout); Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, p.55, under no.35, n.20 (Eeckhout); Sumowski, 1979, etc., III, 1980, no.790x, repr. (Eeckhout, c.1655); Robinson, 1982, p.285 (Eeckhout attribution tentative).


Acquisition date
1895

Acquisition name
Purchased from Col John Wingfield Malcolm (of Poltalloch, purchased with his colln) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Samuel Woodburn (?) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir John Charles Robinson ((according to Robinson, 1869/76) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Malcolm of Poltalloch (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Heywood Hawkins (according to Robinson, 1869/76; not found in his sale catalogues, 1850, but he is known to have disp) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Inscribed on verso, in top centre, in graphite: '759' [the Malcolm cat. number]; and below 'Woodburn S / T / Netscher [crossed out]'; and lower left: '935+'.


Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.416 (as Ter Borch);
1996-7 (ex. catalogue, as Eeckhout).


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