drawing

Family group in a landscape (study for a group portrait ?); at centre a woman seated with a basket on her lap, a child holding a piece of fruit on her r and further r a child with a dog and two older children (one a shepherdess), to l a girl seated on the ground playing a musical instrument, near trees beyond a figure on a donkey or mule Black chalk, with grey and purple-grey wash

AN207804001001

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1910,0218.5

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 453x (Doomer)
Hind 1915-31 Add.6 (as Flinck)
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Doomer.15

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 Lambert Doomer (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Govert Flinck (biographical details | all objects)
Formerly attributed to Jacques Jordaens (biographical details | all objects)
Date
1663 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)


Description
Family group in a landscape; (study for a group portrait?) at centre a woman seated with a basket on her lap, a child holding a piece of fruit on her right and further right a child with a dog and two older children (one a shepherdess), to left a girl seated on the ground playing a musical instrument, near trees beyond a figure on a donkey or mule. c.1663

Black chalk with grey and brown wash.

Verso: laid down on eighteenth-century mat.

No watermark visible.

Inscriptions
Inscription Content: None visible.


Dimensions
Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 342 millimetres (chain lines horizontal, 25?mm apart)


Condition
Slightly soiled and discoloured, especially to left and lower left; horizontal crease just below centre.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Lambert Doomer, cat. no.15:
The subject of the drawing is so unusual for Doomer that its attribution was until recently controversial. Yet it compares closely in style with several of Doomer's chalk studies, including the 'View of the Valckhof in Nijmegen' (private collection, Sumowski 487x),[1] and to a degree with cat. no.13 (1895,0915.1146). Like the latter, it probably dates from around the time of the artist's Rhine journey of 1663, and seems later than the drawings that include chalk from the time of his travels in France in 1645-6.[2]
Portrait groups in pastoral guise are common in Dutch seventeenth-century art, and a painted example by Doomer is known, the 'Peasant Couple under Trees' in the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Oldenburg.[3]

NOTES:
[1] As pointed out by Sumowski (see Lit. below).
[2] Cf. the 'Farmhouse near Nantes' in Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, inv. no.PD.269-1963 (repr.Sumowski 471x).
[3] Repr. Sumowski, 'Gemälde', I, 1983, no.221. For the tradition, see Kettering, 1983.

LITERATURE :
London, 1931, p.141, no.Add.6, repr. pl.LXXII (formerly attributed to Jordaens, but nearer Flinck or Eeckhout); von Moltke, 1965, no.221, repr. (perhaps by Doomer or J.G. Cuyp); Schulz, 1972, I, p.75, II, no.17 (unusual technique and subject for Doomer; attribution uncertain, probably of 1660s; compares painting by Eeckhout in Budapest, inv. no.4265 [Sumowski, 'Gemälde', no.538]); Schulz, 1974, p.36 and no.15, repr. fig.23 (probably by Doomer in 1660s; Rembrandt influence); Sumowski, 1979, etc., II, no.453x, repr. (by Doomer; compares his painting in Oldenburg - see n.3 above - and drawings in Oxford and Paris [Sumowski 454x and 487x]).


Subject
herder (all objects)
fountain (scope note | all objects)


Acquisition date
1910

Acquisition name
Donated by Mrs Robert Low (presented to BM as attributed to Jordaens) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Barnard (L.1419) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Anon Lugt 726 (all objects)

Acquisition notes
John Barnard (L.1419); his sale, 6th night, 22 February 1787, lot 57 ('A Family Piece, Jordaens'), ,3-3s-0d; A. Donnadieu (L.726); Mrs Robert Low, by whom presented (as attributed to Jordaens).


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


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