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The infant Christ in the arms of Simeon in the Temple: 2874

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Current Location: In storage


The infant Christ in the arms of Simeon in the Temple


Draughtsman: Bloemaert, Abraham




History note: W. Young Ottley (Lugt 2663; 2664); his sale, London, T. Philipe, 22 February 1814, lot 175 (together with a St Nicholas by Bloemaert), bt. Roscoe; Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445); Samuel Woodburn, his sale, Christie's, 4 June 1860, probably part of lot 80, a group of five drawings by Bloemaert, bt. Money; F. Abbott (Lugt 970); Dr. Lazarus Belleli

Measurements and weight

Height: 243 mm
Width: 182 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1901) by Belleli, Lazarus


1615 - 1618


Engraved by Crispijn de Passe the Elder. 2 other drawings of the composition are known, the earliest was at Sotheby's 6 July 1992, lot 4; next the Fitzwilliam drawing and the third is in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, with a thin line of brown wash bordering it on all sides, on paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2874
Primary reference Number: 4265
Lugt: 2663
Lugt: 2664
Lugt: 2445
Lugt: 970
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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