- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg, Netherlandish (Leiden, Netherlands 1537 - 1614 Leiden, Netherlands)
Previously attributed to J. Nicola, Dutch
- Adoration of the Shepherds
- Work Type
- 16th-17th century
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Brown ink, gray wash and oxidized white opaque watercolor over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, partial framing line in brown ink
- 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
- 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
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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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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