verso © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.123.6
People
Leonaert Bramer, Dutch (Delft, Netherlands 1596 - 1674 Delft, Netherlands)
Title
Blank page; verso: Couple Reading a Poem or Singing a Song
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing, album page
Date
17th century
Culture
Dutch
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/188735
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black and red chalk on parchment
Dimensions
15.2 × 11 cm (6 × 4 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Verso, lower left, brown ink: LB[in ligature]ramer
  • inscription: verso, brown ink, pen, Dutch: O medesijn diet / al regeert / al wart ghy van / veele nyet begeert / dat sij u kracht / verstonden / ghy wart van elck / een gheeehrt / en voor present / ghesonden ["O medicine, which rules all, although many do not desire you, if they could understand your power, you would be honored by everyone, and sent as a gift"]
Provenance
Possibly Pieter Spiering, Delft and The Hague. Private collection, United Kingdom, sold [private sale, via Sotheby's, London]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1987 (Lugt 3306, without their mark), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 1999
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.123.6
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This sheet forms part of a seventeenth-century Dutch album, in its original binding, which contains 41 small, full-page drawings on parchment by more than 27 different artists.
Publication History

Jane ten Brink Goldsmith and Paul Huys Janssen, Leonaert Bramer 1596-1674, exh. cat., Waanders Uitgevers / Gemeente Musea Delft (Zwolle and Delft, 1994), pp. 189, 218-219, fig. 5a

Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), p. 440

William W. Robinson, "The Abrams Album: An 'Album Amicorum' of Dutch Drawings from the Seventeeth Century", Master Drawings (Spring 2015), LIII, no. 1, pp. 3-58, pp. 13-14, 21, 25, repr. p. 13 as fig. 11

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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