A young woman standing; turned almost to front, looking to l, her l hand on an unseen object, wearing a dress with high waistband Black chalk, heightened with white, on blue-grey paper


© The Trustees of the British Museum

Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1926,1009.5

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 29x
Hind 1915-31 Add.4
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Backer.2

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Production person
Drawn by Jacob Backer (biographical details | all objects)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)

A woman standing, with a jug; turned almost to front, looking to left, her left hand on an unseen object, wearing a dress with high waistband.

Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey paper; framing lines in pen and black ink.

Verso: laid down.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: No inscriptions visible.

Height: 321 millimetres (chain lines not visible)
Width: 160 millimetres

Good, if a little discoloured; the lines slightly rubbed.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, ‘Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school’, 2010, Jacob Adriaensz. Backer, cat. no.2:
A reworked offset from the drawing is in the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (Sumowski 30x).[1] Backer made several studies of women servants in this technique, some of which appear to have been taken from the same model.[2]

[1] Inv. no.M.1.505 (Paris, 1950, p.2, no.7; repr. Sumowski, 1980[II], p.61, fig.9). The existence of the offset may explain the slightly rubbed appearance of the lines, as noted under Condition above. The outlines of the Paris drawing have been completely reworked with the brush by a later hand, so that only the offsetting from the whites remains visible.
[2] Sumowski, under no.29x (see Lit. below) noted that the model in the Abrams drawing, Sumowski 26x, is the same. She may also appear in the 'Woman kneeling' in the van Regteren Altena collection, Amsterdam (Sumowski 33x)

LITERATURE (always as Backer):

Dodgson, 1926, p.72, repr. pl.xli-a; London, 1931, p.146, no.Add.4; Sumowski, 1979, I, no.29x, repr. (perhaps for a 'Samaritan Woman at the Well'; same model seen in the 'Woman standing, pointing towards the right' in the Abrams collection, Boston, Sumowski 26x; notes related drawing in Paris, École des Beaux-Arts, Sumowski 30x [see above]); Sumowski, 1980[II], p.59; Exh. Amsterdam-Vienna-New York, 1991-2, p.120, under no.51, repr.fig.1 (compares technique of drawing in Abrams collection, Boston, also showing a 'Woman with a Jug').

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Donated by John Postle Heseltine (biographical details | all objects)
Donated through The Art Fund (as NACF) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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