drawing

The satyr and the peasant; the satyr seated at a table l, his family seated at r behind a traveller eating broth, vessels on the floor at r and a cow behind Pen and brown ink, with grey-brown wash, over black chalk

AN211390001001

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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1920,1116.13

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 626
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Eeckhout.6
Hind 1915-31 IV, p.140 (placed 12)

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)
Formerly attributed to Adam Elsheimer (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Jacques Jordaens (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Nicolaes Maes (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1653
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
The satyr at the peasant's house; the satyr seated at a table at left, the family seated at right behind the traveller eating broth, vessels on the floor at right and a cow behind. c.1653
Pen and brown ink with brown wash over light indications in graphite; framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Verso: laid down.

No watermark visible.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: None visible on original sheet; inscribed on verso of Richardson's mat: ‘Jordaens’ and references to the ‘Fable’ of La Fontaine LXXXIX, and of Gabriel Faernus LVIII [first published in Rome in 1563]. The drawing is presently laid down, and these details are taken from London, 1931 (see Lit. under Comment).


Dimensions
Height: 110 millimetres
Width: 158 millimetres


Condition
Somewhat rubbed, especially to right; some stains and discolouration; a small tear at left edge.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, cat. no.6:
See the note to the following drawing, cat. no.7 (1920,1116.12). In style the present sheet is comparable to van den Eeckhout's drawn copy after Rembrandt's 'Circumcision', now in Brussels.[2]

NOTES:
[1] The drawing is presently laid down, and these details are taken from London, 1931 (This note refers to the Inscriptions; for further information see Lit. below).
[2] De Grez collection, no.1212, Sumowski 709x.

LITERATURE :
London, 1931, p.140 (Elsheimer, not Maes; resembles van den Eeckhout's painting in Stockholm; see n.1 above); Drost, 1957, pp.124-5 (not Elsheimer); Sumowski, 1962, p.18, n.18 (by van den Eeckhout; compares Hamburg version, inv.21919 and the 1653 painting [on which see above under no.7, 1920,1116.12]); Möhle, 1966, pp.123-4, no.15, repr. pl.9 (Elsheimer, mature or late work); van Gelder and Jost, 1967-8, p.31 (Rembrandt pupil, c.1650 or later; reminiscent of Eeckhout - compares drawing in Hamburg, inv.21919; Jordaens influence); Hugelshofer, 1968, p.89 (Elsheimer; Jordaens-like); Hohl, 1973, pp.181-2 (Eeckhout); Andrews, 1977, p.167, A22 (Eeckhout); Sumowski, 1979 etc., III, 1980, no.626, repr. (Eeckhout); Exh. Stockholm, 1992-3, p.241; Sotheby's sale catalogue, 13 Dec. 2001, under lot 26, repr. fig.3 (Elsheimer).


Subject
satyr (scope note | all objects)
peasant/villager (scope note | all objects)
classical mythology (scope note | all objects)


Acquisition date
1920

Acquisition name
Purchased from Capt Edward G Spencer-Churchill (Sotheby's, 2 ii.189/189 as Maes? bt Colnaghi for BM £22-1-0 with 1920,1116.12) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Junior (L.2170, stamped twice) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Senior (L.2183) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Sir Joshua Reynolds (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick (and by descent to Spencer-Churchill) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Jonathan Richardson, sen. (L.2183); Jonathan Richardson, jun. (L.2170, stamped twice); Earl of Northwick (by descent to Edward Spencer-Churchill); Northwick sale, Sotheby's, 2nd day, 2 November, 1920, lot 189 (as 'Nicolaes Maes?'; with cat. no.6, 1920,1116.12), bt Colnaghi's, £21; purchased from Colnaghi's, 1920 (as 'Nicolaes Maes?').


Exhibition History
Frankfurt, 1966-7, no.126, repr. (Elsheimer).


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