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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Copy after Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch (Leiden 1606 - 1669 Amsterdam)
The Interior of Saint Joseph's House at Nazareth
Work Type
17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink, brown wash, graphite, and later [?] blue opaque watercolor on cream antique laid paper, mounted overall on heavy paper or card
19.8 x 22.9 cm (7 13/16 x 9 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: lower left, gold ink, pen: L. 1433 [but is J.C.R] (John Charles Robinson)
  • inscription: mount, verso, upper center, black ink: Rembrandt. [double underline] / Joseph in the Carpenter Shop / & the Holy Family / From the Collections of Lord Warwick & / Sir Thomas Lawrence.
  • inscription: mount, verso, right center, graphite: 938 [38 is underlined]
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower center, graphite: Rembrandt
  • label: mount, verso, lower center, typeface: [cut out from Robinson's (?) sale catalogue] REMBRANDT. / The Holy Family--pen and ink and bistre wash / From Sir Thomas Lawrence's and the Warwick Collection.
  • inscription: mount, verso, lower right, graphite: a... [illegible] / e [? or I? ... illegible]
  • watermark: none


Recorded Ownership History
Thomas Lawrence, London (L. 2445, without his mark). Earl of Warwick, Warwick Castle, Stratford (L. 2600, without his mark). Sir John Charles Robinson, London (L. 1433, with his mark), sold; [Christie's London, 1902. Sale, 12-14 May 1902, lot 354]. Charles Newton Robinson, London. [H. Wunderlich and Co., New York], sold; to Fogg Art Museum, 1910.

NOTE: Lot 354 was described as "Holy Family: Interior, with Joseph at a carpenter's bench -- pen and sepia wash drawing."

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, John Witt Randall Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Arthur Mayger Hind, Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum: Vol I: Drawings by Rembrandt and His School, British Museum (London, England, 1915), under no. 61
  • William R. Valentiner, Die Handzeichnungen Rembrandts, E. Weyhe Gallery and Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (New York and Stuttgart, Germany, 1925), vol. 1, repr. p. 349, fig. 325b
  • William R. Valentiner, Rembrandt; des Meisters Handzeichnungen, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (Stuttgart, Germany, 1925), vol. 1, p. 349, fig. 325b
  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 531, p. 279 as copy after Rembrandt
  • Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt [enlarged ed.], Phaidon Press (Oxford, 1973), vol. 3, under no. 516
  • Martin Royalton-Kisch, Drawings by Rembrandt and his circle in the British Museum, British Museum Press (London, 1992), under cat. no. 43, p. 111, n. 3
  • Catalogue of Drawings by Rembrandt and his School in the British Museum, website, British Museum, 2010, under cat. no. 39

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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