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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Govert Flinck, Dutch (Cleves 1615 - 1660 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Man in Middle Eastern Costume Standing in a Landscape
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Standing Oriental
Work Type
album page, drawing
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk on parchment
15.2 × 11 cm (6 × 4 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: lower right, black chalk: G.Flinck.f / 1638
  • inscription: lower left, brown ink: g/flink 1631
Possibly Pieter Spiering, Delft and The Hague. Private collection, United Kingdom, sold [private sale, via Sotheby's, London]; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1987 (Lugt 3306, without their mark), gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 1999
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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This sheet forms part of a seventeenth-century Dutch album, in its original binding, which contains 41 small, full-page drawings on parchment by more than 27 different artists.
Publication History

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), p. 58, under no. 20, fig. 1

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. 48, pp. 122-23, 257, repr.

Holm Bevers, Lee Hendrix, William W. Robinson, and Peter Schatborn, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Pupils: Telling the Difference, exh. cat., J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, 2009), under cat. no. 3.2, p. 62, repr. p. 63, fig. 3a, and under cat. no. 4.2, p. 67

Peter Schatborn, "The Early, Rembrandtesque Drawings of Govert Flinck", Master Drawings (Spring 2010), vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 4-38, pp. 7,13, repr. p. 4 as fig. 1

Peter Schatborn, Rembrandt and his Circle: Drawings in the Frits Lugt Collection, Thoth Publishers and Fondation Custodia (2010), vol. 1, p. 205, under cat. no. 78, repr. vol. 2, p. 224, fig. 40

Peter C. Sutton and William W. Robinson, Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., Bruce Museum and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2011), cat. no. 23, pp. 25, 84-5, and p. 76, under cat. no. 20, repr. p. 85

Emmanuelle Brugerolles, Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, and Peter Schatborn, Rembrandt et son entourage, exh. cat., Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 2012), under cat. no. 21, p. 86

William W. Robinson, "The Abrams Album: An 'Album Amicorum' of Dutch Drawings from the Seventeeth Century", Master Drawings (Spring 2015), LIII, no. 1, pp. 3-58, pp. 46-49, repr. p. 48 as fig. 43

Giovanna Sapori, L'album amicorum come libro di disegni. Alcuni esempi tra Cinquecento e Seicento (Venius, Ortelius, Abrams, Heyblocq), Libri e album di disegni 1550-1800: Nuove prospettive metodologiche e di esegesi storico-critica (Rome, 2018), p. 110, illus. p. 107, fig. 16

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

Drawings by Rembrandt, his Students and Circle from the Collection of Maida and George Abrams, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, 09/24/2011 - 01/08/2012; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 04/15/2012 - 07/08/2012

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

Related Works

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