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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pieter Holsteyn II, Dutch (Haarlem, Netherlands 1614 - 1687 Haarlem, Netherlands)
A Duck
Work Type
17th century
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
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Physical Descriptions
Transparent watercolor, with application of gum, and opaque watercolor over traces of black chalk on cream antqiue laid paper
15.5 x 20 cm (6 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Lower left, gray ink: PH fe.
  • watermark: crown fragment [see Van Hasselt, Landschaptekening van hollandse meesters uit de XVIIe eeuw, 1968-9, cat. no. 113, p. 186]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, brown ink: 64
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: P
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: D Cox
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 52
  • inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: kaep gans
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: Kt 137
[Sotheby's, London, 11 November 1965], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1965; The Maida and George Abrams Colleciton, 1999.153.

NOTE: Abrams is not listed as the buyer for any of the lots. Many Holsteyn birds are in this sale, and none clearly matches ours. The numbers inscribed on the verso of each drawing match the numbers litsed in the catalogue, but our drawing does not match any of them.
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, Selections from the Collection of Dutch Drawings of Maida and George Abrams, exh. cat., Jewett Arts Center (Wellesley, MA, 1969), cat. 37, p. vii, repr.

Exhibition History

Selections from the Collection of Dutch Drawings of Maida and George Abrams, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Hanover, 03/27/1969 - 04/28/1969; Wellesley College Museum of Art, Wellesley, 05/04/1969 - 06/04/1969; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, 09/17/1969 - 10/12/1969; University of Connecticut Museum of Art, Storrs, 10/18/1969 - 11/16/1969

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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