Description & Technical information

This drapery study is closely related to a drawing of a Seated Woman of c.1600-1605 in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. The drapery in both drawings is nearly identical, with only minor differences, and the present sheet may have been drawn from a posed model and later served as the basis for the more fully developed drawing in Stockholm.

Medium: Red chalk and black chalk
Signature: Inscribed Abraham Bloemaert, in a modern hand, on the verso.

Dimensions: 12.1 x 18.6 cm (4³/₄ x 7³/₈ inches)
Provenance: D(irk?) Harting, Heemstede (according to a note in the van Regteren Altena collection files)
Iohan Quirijn van Regteren Altena, Amsterdam (his posthumous sale stamp [Lugt 4617] stamped on the verso), until 1980
By descent to his wife, Augusta Louisa Wilhelmina van Regteren Altena, née van Royen, Amsterdam, until 2006
Thence by family descent until 2015
The I. Q. van Regteren Altena sale, Amsterdam, Christie’s, 13 May 2015, lot 123 Private collection.

Literature: Jaap Bolten, ‘The Drawings of Abraham Bloemaert: A Supplement’, Master Drawings, Winter 2017, p.89, no.A50* and A29*, fig.278 (as location unknown), where dated c.1600.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints