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Sepia-toned drawing of a man in a tent, standing at a table featuring maps and a globe.

A sepia-toned drawing portrays a long-haired man facing the viewer with a hand on his hip and his hat in the other. He wears a long coat with many buttons, a scarf tied around his neck, stockings, and low-heeled shoes. The hat in his left hand features a large brim and one or more feathers. Navigation tools, including maps, compasses, and a globe, sit atop the table that the man leans on. From the view outside of the tent flap there are ships and groups of individuals present, suggesting the man is near the sea.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jan Verkolje I, Dutch (Amsterdam 1650 - 1693 Delft)
Portrait of a Navigator by a Table
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink and gray wash with touches of graphite on cream antique laid paper
26.4 x 22.1 cm (10 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso of mount, graphite: top center: Gaspard Netscher / portrait de l'amiral hollandais
  • inscription: verso of mount, lower right, graphite: Lebée 20/2 [encircled] / 2/2 40/35 198H / 537 1er [ ] c 7me du bord / cadre L XV or [ ]


Recorded Ownership History
[Christie's Amsterdam, 8 November 2000, lot 48], sold; to William W. Robinson, Newton, Massachusetts, 2000, long-term loan; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2001.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from Kathryn K. Robinson
Object Number
European and American Art

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