An emperor kneeling before a Pope (a coronation?); a woman and child kneeling at l, a group of men, including a bishop, standing behind Brush drawing in grey wash


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: SL,5226.75

Additional IDs

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 Add.11
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.8

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)
1654 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A pope receiving homage from an emperor and his family; a woman and child kneeling at left, a group of men, including a bishop, standing behind. c.1654

Graphite and grey wash, the outlines indented, probably for transfer to a copper plate.

Verso: laid down.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: On the blue backing sheet, upper right, in pen and black ink: '75 [the inventory number]'.

Height: 56 millimetres (chain lines not visible)
Width: 79 millimetres

Some minor stains at edges and surface dirt, otherwise good; the drawing is stuck down on a piece of eighteenth-century, white paper, which in turn is fixed onto a blue backing sheet.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.8:
Formerly placed as an anonymous Italian drawing, the style is comparable to several works that have recently been attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout.[1] The small scale is exceptional, but the artist's five studies of the 'Life of Joseph', now in Dresden, are larger only by a few centimetres (100 x 88),[2] and provide further links in their style, although executed with pen and brown ink as well as grey wash.
The indented outlines, which somewhat stiffen the outlines, suggest that the British Museum drawing was engraved, but no related print is known. Comparison should also be made with the indented drawing of the 'Gunpowder Explosion in Delft', now in Berlin, which was engraved in 1654, the period to which the present drawing may also belong.[3]

[1] See Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, nos.696x-702x, 714x and 719x.
[2] Sumowski 697x-9x and 701x-2x.
[3] Sumowski 714x. The verso of the Berlin drawing is inscribed with the artist's name in an old hand.

Literature: none.

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Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Sir Hans Sloane (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No exhibitions.

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