Studies of a River God

1620–25
Attributed to Abraham Janssen (Dutch, about 1575–1632), Formerly attributed to Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577–1640)


Dimensions

Sheet: 41.6 x 24.2 cm (16 3/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.813

Medium or Technique

Black chalk, squared in black chalk, on cream antique laid paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Inscription

In pen and brown ink, vertically along left edge: "Hogde vier ellen ende half"; lower center, "Brede gelijck dese draet" (height four and a half ells; width the same as this shread); on verso, "dit is het pastuchen" (?). [Transcription and translation by Julius Held in Rubens Selected Drawings (1959), p. 108. Infrared images of all inscriptions appear in conservation record of October 2004.]

Markings

1873 Howard Coll.

Provenance

H. M. Howard, Earl of Wicklow (b. 1883 - d. 1919, Lugt Suppl. 1280b); to Henry Adams; to Mrs. Henry P. Quincy; sold by Mrs. Henry P. Quincy to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1920)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund