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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
Persistent Link
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,: Affdeebrening zoo van d'een afbandendeijdr, van een geest peen off wortel / een Complaine Hila in Comp. Sijn Gevonden. --
  • watermark: [unidentified]
  • 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
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
Object Number
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

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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