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Gallery Text

Man with a “Roemer” and Pipe, formally signed, dated 1633, and meticulously executed with a pen in a technique that mimics engraving, belongs to a kind of virtuoso showpiece known by the German term Federkunststück (“pen-art piece”) or the Dutch penwerk. The type was perfected by Hendrick Goltzius, whose stepson was Matham’s father. The drawing depicts a man whose wrinkles and puffy eyes attest to a long career of consuming the wine and tobacco he displays to us in a large glass and clay pipe. He wears an ensemble of 16th-century clothes and accessories, which mark the toper as a satirical figure. The French couplet beneath a print of a similar image of a drinker reads: “I wish to die in the tavern / Between the white wine and the red.”

Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.6
People
Theodor Matham, Dutch (c. 1605/6 - 1676)
Title
Man with a Roemer and Pipe
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
1633
Culture
Dutch
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink on parchment, framing line in brown ink
Dimensions
41.2 x 33.3 cm (16 1/4 x 13 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: brown ink, lower left: T Matham / fecit. / 1633.
  • inscription: verso, lower left, brown ink: No. 748. [L. 2986b, Jacob Helmolt]
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite: 20 / 3r
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: fe 1033 [underlined]
Provenance
Gerrit Braamcamp, Amsterdam, sold; [Jan de Bosch, Hendrik de Winter, Jan Yver, Amsterdam, 29 February 1768, kb G, lot 618]. Probably Louis Metayer Phz., Amsterdam, probably sold; [Amsterdam, Van der Schley et al., 16 December 1799 and following days, kb A, lot 16]; to De Wit. Jacob Helmolt, Haarlem (L. 2986b, lower left). Adriaan van der Willigen and A. van der Willigen Pz., Haarlem, sold; [A. de Visser, The Hague, 10-11 June 1874, lot 179.] V. Everit Macy, New York, his estate; sold [American Art Association, New York, 6-8 January 1938, lot 78.] [Sotheby's, New York, 16 January 1985, lot 85], sold; to Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Hallandale, FL, and later Boston; Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, 1999.6.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.6
Division
European and American Art
Contact
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Publication History

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. 58, pp. 201-203, repr. p. 202

Exhibition History

Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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