Study of a woman sewing, and two men seated behind at r; the woman TQL seated in profile to l, her face hidden by a wide-brimmed hat Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1937,0213.2

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.9
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.21

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (biographical details | all objects)
1655-1660 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A woman sewing, and two men; the men are seated behind at right, the woman three-quarter length seated in profile to left, her face hidden by a wide-brimmed hat. c.1655-60

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

Verso: see Inscriptions.

No watermark.

Inscription Content: Verso, top right, in pen and brown ink (probably later 18th century): ‘Gerbrand Vanden E [cut]’; in graphite, right: ‘7 [in a circle]’ and lower left: ‘D.18. [?; in a circle]’.

Height: 106 millimetres
Width: 144 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 29mm apart)

Some discolouration and light brown staining; ink partly abraded or perhaps eaten away by silverfish.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.21:
The traditional attribution, given in an old hand on the verso, is retained here with reservations. The sparing outlines, as well as the mise-en-page of the sheet, are unlike other surviving drawings by the artist; yet the wash and the diagonal hatching (e.g. in the hat and drapery of the man on the right), as well as the figure types, are not inconsistent with his style. If by him it is probably a late work, from after 1655.

Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, 1980, p.1766, no.25 (as whereabouts unknown).

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from Colnaghi (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Listed in Colnaghi's Stocklist 1936, no.57. Purchased through the sale of duplicates form the Malcolm collection and recorded as Malcolm Addition 157. This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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