drawing

Study for a portrait of an unknown woman; HL almost to l, with shoulder-length wavy hair, holding a curtain back with her r hand, her l on the frame of the drawing Red chalk

AN211430001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1920,1012.2

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 721x
Hind 1915-31 Add.5 (as Bol)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.2

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
Formerly attributed to Ferdinand Bol (biographical details | all objects)
Drawn by Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Govert Flinck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Cornelis Schut (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1644 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Portrait of a woman; study for a portrait of an unknown woman, half-length almost to left, with shoulder-length wavy hair, holding a curtain back with her right hand, her left on the frame of the drawing. c.1644
Red chalk.
Verso: laid down on eighteenth-century mat.
No watermark visible.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Inscribed on mat, below, by Jonathan Richardson, junior, in pen and red ink: ‘Cornelis Schudt’ [cf. L. ‘Suppl.’, under no.2997b]; on verso of mat, top left, in graphite: ‘895’, and upper right: ‘BER/U’; upper right, in pen and brown ink: ‘H.4’; centre, in graphite: ‘from Richardson and Udney Collns. ‘ and ‘4’ [with the inventory number]; lower right, in graphite: ‘Disciple of Rubens’ and: ‘Fairfax Murray S.4503/ mlosl/ 49’ and lower left: ‘3:10:0’.


Dimensions
Height: 135 millimetres
Width: 108 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 24mm apart)


Condition
Somewhat creased and with a few minor stains; trimmed slightly irregularly; top right corner made up.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.2:
Although formerly given to Cornelis Schut, Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck,[1] the style seems characteristic of van den Eeckhout. The execution has been compared with the 'Woman at a Dressing Table' in Dublin (Sumowski 606), the hands with the 'Portrait of a young Man' in Weimar (Sumowski 617), and the costume with the 'Bearded Man with Cap' in Leiden, (Sumowski 723x). The composition seems to reflect Rembrandt's 'Portrait of Agatha Bas' of 1641 in Buckingham Palace (Bredius 360, Corpus A145) and in the curtain, pose and balustrade generally anticipate the layout of Eeckhout's own painted 'Portrait of Cornelia Dedel' of 1644, although the figure is there older and seen half-length (private collection, Sumowski, 'Gemälde', II, no.521, repr.).[2]

NOTES:
[1] See Lit. below and the inscriptions on the mat. The attribution to Flinck was made by Lugt (notes in the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague).
[2] The attribution made by Sumowski (see Lit. below), who advanced the comparisons noted here.

LITERATURE :
London, IV, 1931, p.141, no. Add.5 (Bol?); Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, 1980, no.721x, repr. (Eeckhout, early 1640s; see above).


Acquisition date
1920

Acquisition name
Purchased from F R Meatyard (Bought £11; sold to BM as anon. school of Rembrandt, F. Bol?, c.1640) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Charles Fairfax Murray (See verso inscription. Christie's, 30.i.1920/150) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Robert Udny (L.2248; no matching description found in his sale catalogue, London, Philipe, 4-10 May, 1803) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Junior (L.2170, possibly his sale, Langford's) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Possibly sold at Jonathan Richardson, junior's sale, Langford's, 5 etc. February, 1772, 2nd day, 6 February, lot 75: ‘Seven by Corn. Schut, Eras. Guellinus, Leo. Bramer, & c.’; Robert Udny (L.2248; no matching description found in his sale catalogue, London, Philipe, 4-10 May, 1803); Charles Fairfax Murray (see verso inscription); his sale, Christie's, 30 January and 2 February, 1920, from lot 150: ‘C. Schut: Venus and Nymphs; A study of Heads, by Rubens; the Adoration of the Magi, by Bloemaert; and A Study of a Female Figure; & c.’ (7 drawings), bought Meatyard, £11; purchased from F.R. Meatyard, 1920 (as anon. school of Rembrandt, F. Bol?, c.1640).


Exhibition History
1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, not in catalogue as Eeckhout.


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