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Four studies of heads and three studies of hands: PD.166-1963.f.87

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Four studies of heads and three studies of hands


Draughtsman: Bloemaert, Abraham




From left to right, top to bottom: fingers and thumb of right hand resting on a curved surface, viewed from fingertips (pen and ink with graphite underdrawing and red chalk); front-left view of female head and neck, tilted downwards, wearing a bonnet pushed back (pen and brown ink, brown wash and white highlights over graphite underdrawing); left profile of female figure with hair tied in knot upon head, tilted forward, holding a bowl between both hands, about to drink (pen and brown ink, brown wash and traces of white over graphite underdrawing); rear view of female head with hair tied in complex braids (pen and ink over graphite underdrawing); pair of hands with fingers interlocked, resting on knee? (pen and ink with brown wash over graphite underdrawing); rear three-quarter view of ?male head, tilted slightly upwards (pen and brown ink over graphite underdrawing). All within ruled graphite line.


History note: Thomas Dawson, Baron Dartrey (1725-1813) [Bookplate]; ?Richard Thomas Dawson; William Esdaile; C. Fairfax Murray, sold Sotheby's, 2-3 December 1920, lot 156, bt. Reader; / Anon. Sale, Sotheby's, 30 April 1937, lot 22, bt. Colnaghi for Sir Bruce Ingram (£90.0.0)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1963) by Ingram, Bruce Stirling, Sir

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash
White bodycolour
Red chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper Height 212 mm Width 172 mm
Leaf Height 397 mm Width 301 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink, graphite, brown wash with traces of white and some red chalk, surrounded by ruled lines of graphite and ink on laid paper, stuck to album leaf which has been cut in order to show the verso of the support

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 83
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.166-1963.f.87
Primary reference Number: 81517
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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