Attributed to Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 East Indies)
Attributed to Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 East Indies)
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Attributed to Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 East Indies)

Jacob blessing the sons of Joseph

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Attributed to Jan Victors (Amsterdam 1619-1676 East Indies)
Jacob blessing the sons of Joseph
with inscription 'niet' (?) (lower left, recto), and with inscription in a 17th Century hand ‘a. 4st sweecks cour. 16 st/ noch voor 4 portugesen als per [?] het/ clat boeck elck I en ½ weeck/ 40+20=60/ noch voor 2 portugesen 13 weecken/ 15 15/ 15 15/ Den 26 ordon/ gepasseert/ de vrou ende een portugees is/ tot eumes [?] gebleven door de sieckte vand’ (verso)
pen and brown ink, brown wash, heightened with white, fragmentary watermark
4 ½ x 4 ½ in. (11.5 x 11.5 cm)
Provenance
Count Jan Pieter van Suchtelen (1751-1836), Saint Petersburg (L. 2332).
Paul Victor Mathey (1844-1929), Paris.
Marsden Jasael Perry (b. 1850), Providence (L. 1880, verso).
Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner (1880-1958), New York; A.W.M. Mensing, Amsterdam, 25 October 1932, lot 19 (as attributed to Rembrandt).
W.E. Mills, New York.
Literature
C. Hofstede de Groot, Die Handzeichnungen Rembrandts. Versuch eines beschreibenden und kritischen Katalogs, Haarlem, 1906, no. 790 (as attributed to Rembrandt).
W.R. Valentiner, Rembrandt. Des Meisters Handzeichnungen, Berlin, 1925, no. 122, ill. p. 470 (as Rembrandt).
G. Swarzenski and E. Schilling, Handzeichnungen alter Meister aus deutschem Privatbesitz, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1924, no. 49, ill. (as attributed to Rembrandt).
H. von Einem, Rembrandt. Der Segen Jakobs, Berlin, 1948, p. 14, ill. p. 12 (as Rembrandt).
H. von Einem, Rembrandt. Der Segen Jakobs, Berlin, 1950, p. 13, ill. p. 26 (as a copy after Rembrandt).
H. von Einem, Rembrandt. Der Segen Jakobs, Berlin, 1965, p. 13, fig. 2 (as attributed to Rembrandt).
W. Sumowski, Drawings of the Rembrandt School, New York, 1984, X, no. 2338, ill. (as attributed to Jan Victors).
Exhibited
Frankfurt, Städel Museum, Handzeichnungen alter Meister aus deutschem Privatbesitz, 1924, no. 49.
Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Masterpieces of Art. In Memory of William R. Valentiner 1880-1958, 1959, no. 79, ill. (as Rembrandt).

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Lot Essay

First proposed by Sumowski and more recently by Schatborn, the attribution to Jan Victors is based on a comparison with a drawing of the same subject connected to a painting by the artist (Sumowski, op. cit., no. 2337, ill.), as well as on a comparison with a sheet showing The Dismissal of Hagar that displays a kneeling child very close to that in the present drawing (ibid., no. 2344, ill.). Sumowski proposed a date in the 1650s for this sheet, based on a painting by Rembrandt of the same subject from 1656 in Kassel. An attribution to Samuel van Hoogstraten, suggested by Valentiner (who once owned the drawing), was rejected by Sumowski. We are grateful to Peter Schatborn for his assistance in preparing this catalogue note.

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