Two studies of Saskia

Maker

(artist)
1606-1669

Title

Two studies of Saskia

Date of Production

(circa) 1636 - 1639

Medium

red chalk on laid paper with brown ink framing lines

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm
Width: 13.7 cm

Accession Number

D.1978.PG.184

Mode of Acquisition

Count Antoine Seilern, bequest, 1978

Credit

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Location

Not currently on display

Keywords





Label Text

This drawing depicts Rembrandt’s first wife Saskia Uylenburgh (1612-1642). Works such as this are private studies rather than preparatory works for paintings or prints, in which Rembrandt used his wife as a model to capture different poses. Each conveys an individual strength of expression in Saskia’s face, particularly evident in the study of her at a table in the lower half of the sheet, an image of thoughtful meditation or concern tinged with weariness.

Provenance

James Edward Harris, 5th Earl of Malmesbury, Viscount Fitzharris (1872-1950); his sale, Christie's (London), 21 April 1950, lot 96; 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.183); Princes Gate Bequest 1978

Exhibition History

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

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 ...More

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

Mantegna to Cezanne - Master Drawings from the Courtauld, British Museum, London, 24/02/1983-19/06/1983 ...Less

Literature

Schatborn, Peter and Erik Hinterding, Rembrandt: the complete drawings and etchings, Cologne: Taschen 2019
Fig. p. cat. D282 on p. 193

Rembrandt's Mark, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett, 2019
Fig. p. p. 142
pp. 137-43
cat. no. 26.5
dated c. 1638-40

Royalton-Kisch, Martin, Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school. Online research catalogue. https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/rembrandt_drawings/drawings_by_rembrandt.aspx, 2010
under no. 15 ...More

Rembrandt's Women, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2001
Fig. p. p. 126
cat. no. 45
titled 'Two studies of a woman', dated c. 1635-40

Royalton-Kisch, Martin, Drawings by Rembrandt and his circle in the British Museum, London 1992
p. 69 under no. 19

Mantegna to Cezanne: Master Drawings from the Courtauld, British Museum, London, 1983
Fig. p. p. 62
no. 55, p. 47

Drawings by Rembrandt in the Princes Gate Collection, Courtauld Galllery, 1983
cat. no. 9

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. IX
no. 184
dated c. 1637-40

Benesch, Otto, Corpus der Rembrandtzeichnungen, 1954-73
Fig. p. fig. 307 or 332?
vol. II, no. 280c
dated circa 1635

Royalton-Kisch, Martin, The drawings of Rembrandt: a revision of Otto Benesch's catalogue raisonné, rembrandtcatalogue.net ongoing
Benesch 0280c (posted 14 August 2016) and under 0255, 0280e and 0286
Rembrandt, c. 1637-39 ...Less

Inscriptions

Watermark: Watermark: Recto, lower right, fragment: lower half of an eagle bearing a crozier on its chest above a shield containing curlicues above a banderole with letters above a symbol (of a type with Heawood 1247 and 1248 but the lettering below is quite different – both papers from Holland, the first undated, the second dated 1618; see photo in file).

Inscription: none.

Collector's mark: none.

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