verso Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Willem van Aelst, Dutch (Delft, Netherlands 1627 - after 1683 Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Blank page; verso: Vanitas Still Life with Armor
Work Type
album page, drawing
17th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Black chalk on parchment
11 x 15.2 cm (4 5/16 x 6 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Verso, lower left, black chalk: .W.VA[in ligature]
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

Walter Liedtke and Michiel C. Plomp, Vermeer and the Delft School, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2001), p. 186, fig. 203

James Clifton and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst, exh. cat., Skira Rizzoli (New York, 2012), pp. 170-171, cat. no. 29, repr.

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. 20, 38, 50-51, repr. front cover

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. 106, fig. 13

Exhibition History

Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst, National Gallery of Art, 06/24/2012 - 10/14/2012

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

Related Works

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