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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Frans Withoos, Dutch (Amersfoort 1657 - 1705 Hoorn)
Two Studies of a Carrot
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Root Vegetable
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Transparent watercolor and white opaque watercolor over black chalk on cream antique laid paper
22.5 x 40.3 cm (8 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper center, brown ink,: Affteekening zoo van d’een als ander seijde van een geele peen off wortel / ten Comptoir Hila in Comp[?] tuijn gevonden (drawing of the one side and the other side of a carrot / at the Comptoir [trading post] Hila found in the Comp[?] garden).

  • watermark: Strasbourg Lily over WR
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite, Dutch: Frans Withoos de jonghe [illeg] braeders, anmonkelijk ni of naar genaeijen / slagen de, reis de man Batavie, alwaar zijn talent den Gouvernaer Hamphuys / derwyze innam, dat dese sick[?] van zijn penseel bedi[illeg]ende om de planten, / insecten en dergelijke in dat lanof, voor hem af te teekenen. / Hij is de Hoorn geborenen in het jaar 1705 / J. Immerseel Jr / III deel bladt 244
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: F. Withoos
  • inscription: on frame, verso, lower left, black fiber tip pen: SA665
  • label: on frame, verso, upper right, blue ink: 227


Recorded Ownership History
Sold [through Christie's, London, July 7, 1998, lot 227]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised Gift
Accession Year
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William W. Robinson, Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2002), pp. 236-237, cat. no. 105, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, British Museum, London, 06/13/2002 - 09/22/2002; Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 10/10/2002 - 12/08/2002; Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/22/2003 - 07/06/2003
  • Mirror of Holland: Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Part 2, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 03/26/2011 - 07/31/2011

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

Verification Level

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