Study of a boy seated on the ground; wearing a broad-brimmed soft hat and seated on a cushion almost to r, his legs stretched out Brush drawing in brown wash


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Registration number: 1861,0810.16

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 145 (as School of Rembrandt)
Sumowski 1979 continuing 791x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.9

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Formerly attributed to Anonymous (all objects)
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Nicolaes Maes (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 on the ground; wearing a broad-brimmed soft hat and seated on a cushion almost to right, his legs stretched out. c.1655

Drawn with the point of the brush in brown, with brown wash; framing lines in red chalk (above and below only) and pen and brown ink (above only).

Verso: see Inscriptions.

Watermark: foolscap with five bells and three balls.

Inscription Content: Verso, in pen and brown ink: ‘hoog 7 dm / br. 9½ d’, and lower left: ‘N [...]’ and ‘Rembrand f’.

Height: 181 millimetres
Width: 234 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 23-4mm apart)

Generally good; slight staining and creasing in lower corners.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.9:
A characteristic drawing by Eeckhout, being one of a group of sixteen surviving sheets in which he employed the technique of using the tip of the brush for the outlines, with brown wash for the shadows.[1] He may have been inspired by Rembrandt's example, as seen in cat.no.51; 1895,0915.1279 ['Hendrickje sleeping']. He may also have produced these drawings at approximately the same period, in the mid-1650s.[2]
At least two of the other drawings in the group portray the same model (see cat.no.10; 1858,0724.11 and the 'Sleeping Boy, lying on the Floor' in the Courtauld Institute, London, Sumowski 793x). The design reflects a knowledge of the life studies etched and drawn by Rembrandt and his pupils in around 1646 (see under Hoogstraten cat.no.7 1895,0915.1267).

[1] Sumowski 782x-797x. The attribution of these drawings to Eeckhout is now generally accepted, although it attracted controversy in the past. As noted by Sumowski (under no.782x), two eighteenth-century sale catalogues (P. de Hollander, Haarlem, 14 August 1770, and H. Verschuuring, Amsterdam, 28 January, 1771) maintain this attribution, as do several nineteenth-century ones (see provenance information under Acquisition).
[2] As argued by Sumowski, 1962 (see Lit. below).

Hind, 1914-15, no.17, repr. (summarises London, 1915); London, 1915, no.145, repr. pl.XXI (anon. school of Rembrandt; acquired by British Museum with attribution to Maes; inclined to believe by Eeckhout, or possibly Maes); Hirschmann, 1918, p.23 (probably Eeckhout, comparing signed sheet in Amsterdam and drawing in Goldschmidt sale, no.187 [now Paris, Fondation Custodia, Sumowski 787x]); Valentiner, 1924, p.44 (Eeckhout); Exh. London, R.A., 1929, p.245, and 1929[I], p.220, under no.659 (as Hirschmann, 1918); Berlin, 1930, p.128, under no.4536 (related work in Berlin [Sumowski 786x] catalogued as 'Eeckhout?'); Amsterdam, 1942, pp.74 and 77, under no.10 (Eeckhout, comparing Amsterdam sheet); Sumowski, 1962, p.20, n.24 (Eeckhout, c.1655); Amsterdam, 1965, p.53,under no.69; Exh. Chicago-Minneapolis-Detroit, 1969-70, p.188, under no.67 (probably 1650s, as also other wash drawings by Eeckhout); Roy, 1972, p.192 (Eeckhout; the paper toned, as Paris drawing [Sumowski 788x, Musée Cognac-Jay]); 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.791x, repr. (Eeckhout, c.1655). Robinson, 1982, p.285 (attribution tentative).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Colnaghi (as Maes) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Baron Jan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen (Amsterdam, 22.iii.1847/B-43. As Eeckhout.) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Heywood Hawkins (see accompanying notes) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Brondgeest (f.452) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
J. Heywood Hawkins (according to Register and Museum archives, but not found in his sales, 1850; presumably Hawkins, who lived until 1877, retained some drawings or collected others, which he subsequently sold directly to Colnaghi's); purchased from Colnaghi and Scott, 1861.

Exhibition History
London, 1895, no.414 (as Ter Borch);
1992 (ex. cat., as Eeckhout).

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