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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1983.126
People
Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg, Netherlandish (Leiden, Netherlands 1537 - 1614 Leiden, Netherlands)
Previously attributed to J. Nicola, Dutch
Title
Adoration of the Shepherds
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
16th-17th century
Culture
Netherlandish
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/295139
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown ink, gray wash and oxidized white opaque watercolor over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, partial framing line in brown ink
Dimensions
24.3 x 38.4 cm (9 9/16 x 15 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, brown ink, pen: J.Nicola / Fecit
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper right, brown ink: [illegible] /no
  • inscription: mount, verso, center, graphite [erased]: 16/17
  • watermark: in mount: Fleur-de-lis in shield with 4 over WR below

    Beta will not be made. Mount is too thick. Raking light and strong light revealed the watermark is in the mount.

    This watermark is common, although in size and details it is not unlike Heawood 1803 (Amsterdam 1721).
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower left, graphite: 9 1/2 x 15 / 3 x 3 / 15 1/2 x 21 / mat only
Provenance
Ian Woodner, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1983.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Ian Woodner
Accession Year
1983
Object Number
1983.126
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Martin Royalton-Kisch, "The Netherlandish and German Drawings..." [review], The Burlington Magazine (November 1994), CXXXVI, no. 1100, p. 767

Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg 1537-1614. Leidse Schilder en Burgemeester, Waanders Uitgevers (Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1998), pp. 87-88, p. 163, no. 61, fig. 87, also repr. on contents page

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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