Abraham BLOEMAERT (1564 - 1651)

Studies of the Heads of an Old Man and a Young Boy [recto]; Study of Drapery [verso] Sold

Red chalk, heightened with touches of white, on buff paper.
Traces of framing lines in brown ink.
Numbered 59 at the upper right, and numbered 61 on the verso.
162 x 161 mm. (6 3/8 x 6 3/8 in.)


The head of an elderly man on the recto of this sheet is closely related to a drawing in the so-called Cambridge Album, in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which represents Bloemaert’s studies for the Tekenboek. The model appears to be the same as that used by the artist for three drawings of Saint Luke the Evangelist of 1629, and is also found in the background of a painting of The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist of c.1630, in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig. The study on the verso of this sheet be compared stylistically with a number of similar studies of drapery by Bloemaert, such as a drawing in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This double-sided drawing was almost certainly part of a large group of 136 studies - mostly figure studies, and almost all drawn in red chalk - that were at one time in the collection of the French landscape painter André Giroux (1801-1879).

Probably André Giroux, Paris
Probably the posthumous vente Giroux, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 18-19 April 1904, as part of lot 175 (‘Etudes de personnages, de paysages et d’animaux. Cent trente-six dessins, la plupart exécutés à la sanguine, un certain nombre avec d’autres croquis au verso’)
Adolphe(?) Verdé-Delisle
Thence by descent in the Verdé-Delisle family until 2012.


Studies of the Heads of an Old Man and a Young Boy [recto]; Study of Drapery [verso]


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