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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1.2018.139
People
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
Title
Two Figures in Polish Dress; verso: Bust-Length Figure of a Woman Looking to Right
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Two Standing Figures in Oriental Dress; verso: Head of a Woman
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1641-1642
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black chalk on cream antique laid paper
Dimensions
11.1 x 7.8 cm (4 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, red ink: CED [encircled] [Lugt 533a, mark of Carl Emile Duits]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower irght, blue ink: M G A [in monogram] [Lugt 3306, mark of Maida and George Abrams]
Provenance
Carl Emile Duits, London (Lugt 533a), by descent; to his children. Private Collector, United Kingdom, sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306), 1999

Note
Benesch's provenance to Goll von Frankenstein has been refuted by William W. Robinson.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised Gift
Accession Year
2018
Object Number
1.2018.139
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt [enlarged ed.], Phaidon Press (Oxford, 1973), IV, no. 665a, fig. 804

William W. Robinson, Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), pp. 120-121, cat. no. 47b, repr. p. 121

Ivan Gaskell, Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2006), checklist

Peter C. Sutton and William W. Robinson, Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Bruce Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2011), pp. 18, 52-53, cats. nos. 7 & 8, repr. p. 53

Exhibition History

Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, British Museum, London, 06/13/2002 - 09/22/2002; Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 10/10/2002 - 12/08/2002; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003

Rembrandt and the Aesthetics of Technique, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 09/09/2006 - 12/10/2006

Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Collection of Maida and George Abrams, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 09/24/2011 - 01/08/2012; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 04/15/2012 - 07/08/2012

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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