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The Baptism of Christ: 2856

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Baptism of Christ


Draughtsman: Aachen, Hans von




History note: From the collections of Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) (Lugt 2094); unidentified collection (Lugt 2925); the Earl of Warwick (1818-1893) (Lugt 2600), Sale Christies's, 21 May 1896, lot 335, bt. by H. Quilter (£1 as by Rottenhammer); (G.T. Clough gives the collection mark as that of the Quilter Coll.)

Measurements and weight

Height: 292 mm
Width: 231 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1913-02) by Clough, G.T.


1574 - 1588


Formerly attributed to Johann Rottenhammer [1564-1625]; probably drawn in van Aachen's Italian period

School or Style


Materials used in production

Bistre wash
Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk, heightened with white, bistre pen and wash, on paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2856
Primary reference Number: 5742
Lugt: 2094
Lugt: 2925
Lugt: 2600
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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