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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pieter Withoos, Dutch (Amersfoort 1654/55 - 1692 Amsterdam)
Seven Insects
Work Type
17th century
Physical Descriptions
Opaque and transparent watercolor over graphite on cream antique laid paper, framing line in graphite
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:
  • collector's mark: verso, lower right, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: 2H / ... 17 [obscured by hinge]
  • watermark: IHS (reversed S) with cross above and doublewired PD below; related to Heawood 2962 (London, 1670); for the initials PD, compare Churchill 6 (1654–79, initials of Pierre Dexmier?)
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
Object Number
European and American Art
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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.

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

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

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Seventeenth-Century European Drawings in Midwestern Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin, ed. Shelley Perlove and George S. Keyes, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, 2015), under cat. no. 81, p. 198 (n. 233)

William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), cat. no. 99, pp. 324-326, repr. p. 325; watermark p. 383

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, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

32Q: 2300 Dutch & Flemish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/09/2017 - 09/08/2017

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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