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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Dutch (Haarlem 1562 - 1638 Haarlem)
Previously attributed to Bartholomeus Spranger, Netherlandish (1546 - 1611)
Portrait of a Man Standing at a Desk
Work Type
16th-17th century
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink and brown wash on cream antique laid paper
13.5 × 9.6 cm (5 5/16 × 3 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, lower center, graphite[?]: SPRANGER / PICTOR
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, black stamp: mark of Jacob de Vos Jacobszoon (Lugt 1450)
  • collector's mark: verso, black ink stamp (applied three times): mark of I.Q. van Regteren Altena (Lugt 4617)
  • inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 203


Recorded Ownership History
Jacob de Vos Jacobszoon, Amsterdam (Lugt 1450).[1] [R. W. P. de Vries, Amsterdam, March 9-11, 1920, lot 499 as by Spranger]. [Nicolaas Beets, Amsterdam], exchanged with I.Q. van Regteren Altena (Lugt 4617), possibly in 1925 [2], by descent; to his heirs, sold [through Christie's, Amsterdam, May 13, 2015, lot 119]; to George Abrams, Boston

[1] Possibly his sale, Roos, Muller et al, Amsterdam, May 22-24, 1883, part of lot 709, portraits by Spranger
[2] Per Christies, 2015, the drawing was "received in part exchange by I. Q. van Regteren Altena with six other drawings and one painting in June (?) 1925 (?). (Inventory book: '110. t. Spranger zijn portret')"

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Promised Gift
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Emil Karel Josef Reznicek, Die Zeichnungen von Hendrick Goltzius, Haentjens Dekker & Gumbert (Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1961), vol. 1, p. 483 (rejected)
  • H. van Hall, Portretten van nederlandse beeldende kunstenaars, Swets en Zeitlinger (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1963), p. 312
  • Kabinet van tekeningen: 16e eb 17e eeuwse Hollandse en Vlaamse tekeningen uit een Amsterdamse verzameling, exh. cat., Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 1976), no. 71, pl. 17
  • Pieter J. J. van Thiel, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, 1526-1638: A Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné, Davaco Publishers (Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1999), p. 492 (rejected)
  • The I. Q. van Regteren Altena Collection. Part 4, auct. cat., Christie's, Amsterdam (Amsterdam, May 13, 2015), lot 119, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Kabinet van tekeningen: 16e en 17e eeuwse Hollandse en Vlaamse tekeningen uit een Amsterdamse verzameling, Museum Boymans, 11/25/1976 - 01/09/1977; Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 01/20/1977 - 03/06/1977; Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I, 03/19/1977 - 04/30/1977

Subjects and Contexts

  • Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

Verification Level

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