10 December 2014
Thomas de Keijzer (Amsterdam 1596-1667)
Five men seated at a table, with payment being noted in a ledger, set within a decorative frame
pen and brown ink, brown wash
5 x 6½ in. (12.6 x 16.6 cm.)
Recorded at the RKD as in the collection of I.Q. van Regteren Altena in 1936.
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I.Q. van Regteren Altena, 'Retouches aan ons Rembrandt-beeld', Oud Holland, LXV, 1950, p. 173, fig. 2.
H. van de Waal, 'De Staalmeesters en hun legende', Oud Holland, LXXI, 1956, p. 75, fig. 9.
The present drawing can be compared with de Keijser's Study for a civic guard portrait in the Albertina, Vienna. The clear, firm outlines, stocky figures and the brisk flicks of pen to delineate facial features are all extremely comparable, suggesting that the present drawing should be regarded as a fully autograph work. The Albertina drawing has been dated to 1630, which gives a likely general date for the present work.
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