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Allegorical design on the Triple Alliance of England, Holland and Sweden against France, 1668; a cartouche decorated with fruit and flowers and three coats-of-arms, in the centre Charles II of England, Charles XI of Sweden, and Jan de Wit holding hands, an angel above offering a branch of myrtle, war ships at anchor behind. 1668 Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over graphite

AN211403001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.240

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 664
Hind 1915-31 8
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.16

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)
Date
1668
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Allegorical design on the Triple Alliance; between England, Holland and Sweden against France, 1668, a cartouche decorated with fruit and flowers and three coats-of-arms, in the centre Charles II of England, Charles XI of Sweden, and Jan de Wit holding hands, an angel above offering a branch of myrtle, war ships at anchor behind. 1668

Pen and brown ink with brown wash over graphite; framing lines in pen and grey ink.

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: Inscribed in pen and brown ink, below, by the artist: ‘REDIIT CONCORDIA / FRATRUM’ and below this signed in the same ink: ‘G: V. Eeckhout / fecit / 1668.’; on the verso, lower left and again lower right, in graphite (19th-20th century): ‘Eeckhout’; lower right, also in graphite: ‘10/6 [i.e., probably, ten shillings and sixpence]’; and upper left: ‘cu [?] 146’.


Dimensions
Height: 291 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 23/24mm apart)
Width: 228 millimetres


Condition
Slightly creased and discoloured; a vertical fold in the centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.16:
The drawing is an allegory concerning the Triple Alliance of Sweden, Great Britain and the Dutch Republic against France, an agreement concluded in 1668, the year in which the drawing was made. On the left is the young King Charles XI of Sweden (b.1655), with Charles II in the centre and the Dutch leader Jan de Wit on the right. An angel hands down to them a divine sprig of myrtle, symbol of conjugal fidelity. Ripe fruit, a purse and three coats-of-arms feature in the border, a frame in the auricular style which resembles some of the ornamental engravings designed by van den Eeckhout.[1] From left to right the arms are those of the Province of Holland, the Six family and the Trip family[2] (which had financial interests in Sweden). The purpose of the drawing is, however, unknown.
See further under cat. no.17 (1856,0712.18).

[1] Cf. in particular plate 12 (and to a lesser extent other plates) in the 'Verscheyde Aerdige Compartementen en Tafels', etched by Pieter Hendricksz. Schut after van den Eeckhout in 1655 (Hollstein, s.v. van den Eeckhout nos 81-92, s.v. Schut, nos.34-45).
[2] Identified by M.D. Haga (oral communication).

LITERATURE :
London, 1915, pp.76-7, no.8, repr. pl.XLI; Paris, 1933, p.21, under no.173; London, 1960[I], p.557, no.1; Sumowski, 1962, p.19 (somewhat pre-Rembrandtist style); Sumowski, 1963, p.102, n.72; Sumowski, 1979, etc., III, 1980, no.664, repr.


Subject
politics (scope note | all objects)
allegory/personification (scope note | all objects)

Associated names
Portrait of Jan de Witt (biographical details | all objects)
Portrait of Karl XI, King of Sweden (biographical details | all objects)
Portrait of Charles II, King of England (biographical details | all objects)

Associated events
Associated Event Triple Alliance
1668


Acquisition date
1836

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (purchased by BM with Sheepshanks collection) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (L.2333) (biographical details | all objects)


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


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