A Sheet of Studies
Pen, brown wash and red chalk
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 use of three different media and the careful placing of the studies on the sheet suggest that the drawing was made as a deliberate demonstration of the artist’s skill.
Purchased 1949 (No. 49.10)