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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Leonaert Bramer, Dutch (Delft, Netherlands 1596 - 1674 Delft, Netherlands)
Blank page; verso: Couple Reading a Poem or Singing a Song
Work Type
drawing, album page
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Black and red chalk on parchment
15.2 × 11 cm (6 × 4 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Verso, lower left, brown ink: LB[in ligature]ramer
  • inscription: verso, brown ink, pen, Dutch: O medesijn diet / al regeert / al wart ghy van / veele nyet begeert / dat sij u kracht / verstonden / ghy wart van elck / een gheeehrt / en voor present / ghesonden ["O medicine, which rules all, although many do not desire you, if they could understand your power, you would be honored by everyone, and sent as a gift"]


Recorded Ownership History
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
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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

  • Jane ten Brink Goldsmith and Paul Huys Janssen, Leonaert Bramer 1596-1674, exh. cat., Waanders Uitgevers / Gemeente Musea Delft (Zwolle and Delft, 1994), pp. 189, 218-219, fig. 5a
  • Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), p. 440
  • 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. 13-14, 21, 25, repr. p. 13 as fig. 11
  • Joanna Sheers Seidenstein and Susan Anderson, ed., Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, 2022), p. 204

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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