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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Paulus van Vianen, Dutch (Utrecht 1570 - 1613 Prague)
Seven Sketches of Jews; verso: Studies of Birds and a Bat
Work Type
c. 1604-1607
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Physical Descriptions

Graphite and brown wash, with a framing line in black ink, on cream antique laid paper
25.6 x 17.7 cm (10 1/16 x 6 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right, graphite: 32b
  • inscription: lower center, graphite: v. d. Ulft
  • watermark: tower with H [similar to Briquet 15937, but with different initial, M; Ibourg, 1602 with variation Briessen, 1604]


Recorded Ownership History
Adolf Friedrich Albert Reinicke, Neustrelitz, by descent; to Martin Reinicke, Darmstadt, sold; [Sotheby's, London, 1 December 1983, part of no. 247], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1983.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Marian H. Phinney Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Joaneath Spicer, "The Star of David and Jewish Culture in Prague around 1600, Reflected in Drawings of Roelandt Savery and Paulus van Vianen", The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, MD, 1996), vol. LIV, pp. 203-209, p. 217, no. 7, fig. 11
  • Vivian B. Mann and Richard I. Cohen, From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power 1600-1800, exh. cat., Prestel Verlag (Munich, Germany and New York, NY, 1996), cat. no. 63
  • Alexandr Putík, Path of Life: Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel ca. 1525....1609, exh. cat., Academia (Prague, 2009), pp. 262 (n. 46), 265, 501. repr. p. 263

Exhibition History

  • From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power 1600-1800, Jewish Museum, New York, 09/08/1996 - 01/17/1997

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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