Maida and George Abrams Collection, Boston Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Roelant Savery, Flemish (Kortrijk, Netherlands 1576 - 1639 Utrecht, Netherlands)
Six Peasants Merrymaking
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Peasant Scene
Work Type
c. 1608
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black and red chalk on cream antique laid paper
27.1 × 20.6 cm (10 11/16 × 8 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: [fragment]
  • inscription: verso, graphite: 8
  • collector's mark: lower right, red ink: CED [in oval] [Lugt 533a, mark of Karel Emil Duits]
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, blue ink: M/G [inside] A [Lugt 3306, mark of Maida and George Abrams]
Karel Emil (Charles) Duits, London (Lugt 533a), by descent to Duits family. [1] [Thomas Brod, London] sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston (Lugt 3306), 1999, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

[1] Spicer 1970 and 1979 listed owner as "private collection, London," which is almost certainly the Duits family.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George Abrams in memory of John F. Cogan, Jr., Harvard Class of 1949, Harvard Law School Class of 1952
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Joaneath Spicer, "The 'Naer het Leven' Drawings: By Pieter Bruegel or Roelandt Savery", Master Drawings (Spring 1970), 8, pp. 3-30, pp. 6, 20, 25

Joaneath Spicer-Durham, "The Drawings of Roelandt Savery" (1979), vol. 1, pp. 229-233, vol. 2, pp. 640, 667, no. C230 F 221

John Oliver Hand, J. R. Judson, and William W. Robinson, The Age of Bruegel: Netherlandish Drawings in the Sixteenth Century, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art/Cambridge University Press (Washington, D.C. and Cambridge, England, 1986), p. 266

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), cat. no. 35, 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

The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age, 1590–1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/09/2017 - 01/14/2018

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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