Study of a boy seated on a chair; HL, with his l arm over the back of the chair, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a jacket with a close row of buttons down the front and a white neck-cloth Brush drawing in brown wash


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1858,0724.11

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 146 (as School of Rembrandt)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 792x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.10

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 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (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)
1655 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A boy seated in a chair, half-length; with his left arm over the back of the chair, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, a jacket with a close row of buttons down the front and a white neck-cloth. c.1655

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

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: fragment only, lower centre, the lower part of a foolscap.

Inscription Content: Inscribed verso, in graphite: ‘h/ Terborg’; right: ‘5’; and erased price code: ‘a/ u [?] / Wood [i.e. Woodburn?] / 18’.

Height: 147 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 24-5mm apart)
Width: 140 millimetres

Foxed; the lower left corner stained and retouched; a near vertical crease visible through the figure from lower centre; a touch of gold from an old mat appears upper left edge.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.10:
See cat. no.9 (1861,0810,16) which depicts the same model.

Hind, 1914-15, under no.17 (summarises London, 1915); London, 1915, no.146, repr. pl.XXI (anon. school of Rembrandt; acquired by British Museum with attribution to Ter Borch; otherwise as cat. no.9, 1861,0810.16); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (probably Eeckhout, comparing signed sheet in Amsterdam, S.634, and drawing in Goldschmidt sale, no.187 [now Paris, Fondation Custodia, Sumowski 787x]); Exh. London, R.A., 1929, p.245, and 1929[I], p.220, under no.659 (as Hirschmann, 1918); Amsterdam, 1942, pp.74 and 77, under no.10 (Eeckhout, comparing Amsterdam sheet, Sumowski 634); Exh. Chicago-Minneapolis-Detroit, 1969-70, under no.167; Roy, 1972, p.192 (Eeckhout); Exh. Rotterdam-Paris, 1974, p.48, under no.33, n.10; Exh. London, 1976-77, p.14, under no.32; Exh. New York-Paris, 1977-8, pp.54-5, under no.35, nn.9 and 20 (Eeckhout; other drawings in the group of wash studies show the same model); Sumowski, 1979, etc., III, 1980, no.792x, repr. (Eeckhout, c.1655); Robinson, 1982, p.285 (attribution tentative).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Walter Benjamin Tiffin (as Ter Borch) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Edward Vernon Utterson (L.909) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Count Nils Barck (L.1959, but without the six small dots) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.415 (as Ter Borch);
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (not in catalogue, as Eeckhout).

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