Seven Insects
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.182
People
Pieter Withoos, Dutch (Amersfoort 1654/55 - 1692 Amsterdam)
Title
Seven Insects
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
17th century
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Opaque and translucent watercolor over graphite on cream antique laid paper, framing line in graphite
Dimensions
21.3 x 31.8 cm (8 3/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Lower right, gray ink: P:W:fe:
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 2H / ... 17 [obscured by hinge]
  • watermark: IHS (reversed S) with cross above and double-wired PD below. Compare generally Heawood 2962 (London, 1670). For the initials PD, compare Churchill 6 (1654-79, initials of Pierre Dexmier?)
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
Provenance
Mrs. L. Massey, sold; [Sotheby’s, London, 23 March 1971, lot 97]; through [Alfred Brod, London], to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (L. 3306, verso, lower right); The Maida and George Abrams Collection, 1999.182
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.182
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Franklin W. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, exh. cat., International Exhibitions Foundation (Washington, D.C, 1977), cat. no. 85, pp. 91-92, repr. fig. 85

George Abrams, "Collectors and Collecting", Drawings Defined, ed. Walter Strauss, Abaris Books (New York, 1987), pp. 415-429, p. 422, repr. fig. 17

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 101, pp. 220-21, and p. 9, repr.

Master Drawings: 1530-1920 (January 24 to February 3, 2012), auct. cat., W. M. Brady (New York, 2012), under cat. no. 12, n.p., repr.

George S. Keyes, "[Review] Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings. A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection", Master Drawings (Winter 1992), vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 443-448, p. 446

Exhibition History

Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 01/30/1977 - 03/13/1977; Denver Art Museum, Denver, 04/01/1977 - 05/15/1977; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 06/01/1977 - 07/15/1977

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted