22 January 2003
Circle of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Leyden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)
The Banishment of Hagar and Ishmael
pen and brown ink, brown and grey wash, some rubbing, watermark foolscap
193 x 273 mm.
P. Davidsohn (L. 654).
With C.G. Boerner.
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R. Hamann, 'Hagars Abschied bei Rembrandt und im Rembrandt-Kreise', Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft, 1936, 3, pp. 471-478, p. 552-553, fig. 116.
Peter Schatborn dates the drawing to the 1640s, and suggests that it is by a pupil of Rembrandt in a style close to that of Ferdinand Bol. He adds that even if the drawing is inspired by Rembrandt's work, it could not be a direct copy as contrary to the master's compositions of this subject Ishmael is represented as an adult and not a child.
We are grateful to Dr. Schatborn for his help in the preparation of this entry.
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