Study of a seated lady; turned to l, her hands upraised, her hair dressed Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue paper


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: Oo,9.60

Bibliographic reference
Hind 1915-31 1
Sumowski 1979 continuing 36x
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Backer.1

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 Jacob Backer (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

Seated lady with hands raised; turned to left, her hair dressed. c.1640-45.

Black chalk, heightened with white, on greyish-blue paper.

Verso: laid down.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: None visible.

Height: 327 millimetres (chain lines vertical, distance apart uncertain)
Width: 222 millimetres

Good; some slight brownish discolouration.

Curator's comments
Hind suggests that judging by the pose, this is probably an academical or costume study, and not intended as a portrait.

Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010 , Jacob Adriaensz. Backer, cat. no.1:
The dramatic pose of this characteristic drawing by Backer suggests that it was made as a study for a history painting, but no related work is known. A date in the first half of the 1640s has been suggested.[1]

[1] By Sumowski, 1979 (see Lit. below).

LITERATURE (always as Backer):
Bauch, 1926, no.88 and p.113 (not a portrait but a study for a history piece); London, 1926, p.10, no.1, repr. pl.VI; Exh. Paris, 1970, p.108, under no.236 (compares 'Kneeling Woman' in Orléans, inv.1822 [Sumowski 22x]); Sumowski, I, 1979 etc., no.36x, repr. (presumably dates from c.1640-45).

headgear/hairstyle (scope note | all objects)
dutch costume 17thc (all objects)

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight (in 1824, as Backer) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Charles Rogers (L.624) (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Junior (L.2170) (biographical details | all objects)

Acquisition notes
Jonathan Richardson, jun. (L.2170); Charles Rogers (L.624); Richard Payne Knight, by whom bequeathed, 1824 (as Backer).

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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