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A Sheet of Studies

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This sheet contains nine studies of five different figures and is the finest such drawing by Rembrandt to survive intact. Rembrandt was renowned for carrying a sketchbook around Amsterdam in which he would rapidly draw anything that aroused his curiosity. In this case, he draws a plump man wearing a fur coat and a plumed hat, a man in a turban, a woman nursing her child and a youth leaning on a ledge.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

mid-1630s

Medium

pen, brown wash & red ink on paper

Measurements

H 22 x W 23.3 cm

Accession number

49.10

Acquisition method

purchased, 1949

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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