Saskia sitting up in bed, holding a child (possibly her first child, Rumbartus)

Maker

(artist)
1606-1669

Title

Saskia sitting up in bed, holding a child (possibly her first child, Rumbartus)

Date of Production

(circa) 1635

Medium

red chalk on laid paper, with graphite framing lines partly trimmed away

Dimensions

Height: 14.1 cm
Width: 10.6 cm

Accession Number

D.1978.PG.183

Mode of Acquisition

Count Antoine Seilern, bequest, 1978

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords





Label Text

This spontaneous sketch of a mother cradling a newborn child, gazing from behind bed curtains, almost certainly depicts the artist's wife, Saskia Uylenburgh, whom Rembrandt married in 1633. The fluently drawn soft forms and the delicate application of the chalk suggest an early date. The baby is probably the couple’s firstborn son, Rumbartus. Although this intimate study was not directly preparatory for another work of art, Rembrandt probably made it – as with many other depictions of Saskia – with his paintings and prints in mind.

Provenance

James Edward Harris, 5th Earl of Malmesbury, Viscount Fitzharris (1872-1950); his sale, Christie's, London, 21 April 1950, lot 95 (sold with another drawing: 'Studies of babies asleep') purchased there by Barnett (?); purchased from him by Colnaghi (London); purchased there by Count Antoine Seilern (1901-1978), 12 June 1950 (£1,200 for both this and D.1978.PG.184); Princes Gate Bequest 1978

Exhibition History

Rembrandt's Mark, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett, 14/06/2019-15/09/2019

Mantegna to Matisse - Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, The Frick Collection, New York, 02/10/2012-27/01/2013

Mantegna to Matisse - Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, Courtauld Gallery, London, 14/06/2012-09/09/2012 ...More

Special Display - Rembrandt drawings, The Courtauld Gallery, 22/02/2007-03/06/2007

Rembrandt's Women, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Arts, London, 08/06/2001-16/12/2001

About Time, Courtauld Gallery, London, 24/02/2000-30/05/2000

Master Drawings from the Courtauld Collections, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, 16/10/1991-19/01/1992

Drawings by Rembrandt in the Princes Gate Collection, Courtauld Gallery, London, 02/07/1983-25/09/1983

The Princes Gate Collection - Drawings (Selection A), Courtauld Gallery, London, 17/07/1981-26/01/1982 ...Less

Literature

Schatborn, Peter and Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt: the complete drawings and etchings, Cologne: Taschen 2019
Fig. p. cat. D277 on p. 192

Rembrandt's Mark, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett, 2019
Fig. p. p. 137
pp. 137-43
cat. no. 26.1

Inside Rembrandt 1606-1669, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne and National Gallery Prague, 2019-2020, 2019-20
Fig. p. abb. 83.2 on p. 258
p. 258 ...More

Mantegna to Matisse - Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, Frick Collection, New York and Courtauld Gallery, London London 2012-2013
Fig. p. p. 133
no. 25
cat. no. 25
dated c. 1635

Slive, S., Rembrandt drawings, Los Angeles 2009
p. 85

Rembrandt's Women, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2001
Fig. p. p. 129
cat. no. 48 (London only)
dated c. 1635-36

About Time, Courtauld Gallery, 2000
Fig. p. repr.

Rembrandt. The Master and his Workshop. Drawings and Etchings, Kupferstichkabinett SMPK at the Altes Museum, Berlin; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; National Gallery, London 1991-92
under no. 20n3

Master Drawings from the Courtauld Collections, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, 1991
Fig. p. p. 125
pp. 124, 189
cat. no. 58
dated 1635-36

Schatborn, Peter, Tekeningen van Rembrandt, zijn onbekende leerlingen en navolgers / Drawings by Rembrandt, his anonymous pupils and followers, The Hague 1985
p. 28 under no. 12 and p. 36 under no. 16

White, Christopher, Rembrandt, London 1984
p. 43

Drawings by Rembrandt in the Princes Gate Collection, Courtauld Galllery, 1983
cat. no. 8

The Princes Gate Collection - Drawings (Selection A), Courtauld Gallery, London, 1981-1982
Fig. p. p. 104
cat. no. 143
dated c. 1636-38

Seilern, Count Antoine, Corrigenda and Addenda to the Catalogue of paintings and drawings at 56 Princes Gate, London, London 1971
no. 183

Kitson, Michael, Rembrandt, London 1969
Fig. p. fig. 2
pp. 15, 90
dated c. 1636-38

White, Christopher, Rembrandt and his world, London 1964
Fig. p. p. 34
p. 35
erroneously described as in black chalk

Seilern, Count Antoine, Paintings and drawings of Continental Schools other than Flemish and Italian at 56 Princes Gate, London SW7, London 1961; III
Fig. p. pl. VIII
no. 183
dated c. 1636-38

Benesch, Otto, Corpus der Rembrandtzeichnungen, 1954-73
Fig. p. fig. 306
vol. II, no. 280a
dated c. 1635

Royalton-Kisch, Martin, The drawings of Rembrandt: a revision of Otto Benesch's catalogue raisonné, rembrandtcatalogue.net ongoing
Benesch 0280a (posted 10 August 2016) and under 0255, 0280b-e, 0281
Rembrandt, c. 1636 ...Less

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: none.

Inscription: Verso: lower left corner, graphite: "5".

Collector's mark: none.

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