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Rembrandt: A Mughal nobleman on horseback, a Mughal miniature, c.1656-1661.jpg (section)
artist QS:P170,Q5598
A Mughal nobleman on horseback, a Mughal miniature, c.1656-1661.jpg (section)

A Mughal nobleman on horseback; after a Mughal miniature, a man, with slight beard, holding a two-headed lance seated on a horse which is rearing to right. c.1656-1661 Pen and brown ink with brown and grey wash, touched with red and yellow chalk and white heightening and with some scraping-out, on oriental paper; the lance drawn with a ruler. Verso: laid down on old mat.

No watermark.
Date 1656-1661 (circa)
Medium drawn on paper
Dimensions Height: 205 mm (8.07″); Width: 177 mm (6.96″)
dimensions QS:P2048,205U174789;P2049,177U174789
institution QS:P195,Q6373
Object history
  • Acquisition date:1799
  • Acquisition name:*Bequeathed by Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode
  • Previous owner/ex-collection Jonathan Richardson Snr (L.2184)
  • Previous owner/ex-collection John Barnard (L.1419)
  • Acquisition notes:Jonathan Richardson, sen. (L.2184); J. Barnard (L.1419; his sale, Greenwood, 7th day, 23 February, 1787, lot 51: 'A Chinese Officer on Horseback, an Imitation of a Chinese drawing by Rembrandt', bt. Thane, £4-8-0); Rev. C.M. Cracherode (L.606; acquired in 1787, according to Register), by whom bequeathed, 1799.
  • Exhibition History:London, 1899, no.A56 (use of colour resembles cat. nos.17 and 18 [Oo,10.122 and 1895,0806.74, Benesch 365 and 367]);

1938, no.79 (c.1656); 1956, p.16, no.5; 1992, BM, Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle, no.67, repr. in colour (c.1656-61);

Melbourne-Canberra, NG Victoria/Australia, 1997-8, Rembrandt, pp.324, 326 and no.93, repr. in colour; Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 2000, 'Glory of the Golden Age', no.53.
Inscriptions No inscriptions visible.

1] Repr. Strzygowski, 1923, fig.3 (centre), Broos, 1980, fig.8 and Exh. London, 1992, p.151, fig.67a. [2] Repr. Strzygowski, 1923, fig.22 (below) and Exh. London, 1992, p.151, fig.67b.

[3] By Rouffaer, 1906 (see Lit. below).

(always as Rembrandt; NB most of the abbreviations used here will be found in Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle in the British Museum', exh. cat., British Museum, London, 1992. A full bibliography will be published online due course):

Bürger, 1858, p.400 (c.1632, as for cat. no.57; inv. no.Gg,2.263, Benesch 1190); Blanc, II, 1861, p.454; Michel, 1893, p.581; Seidlitz, 1894, p.121 (1660s); Lippmann, I, no.116; Kleinmann, IV, no.8; Sarre, 1904, pp.154-5, repr. opp. p.156 (as cat. no.56; 1895,0915.1275, Benesch 1187; notes colour; compares Mughal miniature in Berlin Museum für Völkerkunde; authentic detail of the weapon; the woodenness of the horse seen also in the painted 'Equestrian Portrait', Bredius 255, [now] National Gallery, London); Bode and Valentiner, 1906, p.15, repr.; Hofstede de Groot, 1906, no.929; Rouffaer, 1906, p.371, n.1 (identifies horseman as probably Shāh Jahān); Saxl, 1908, p.234 (c.1649, as the 'Equestrian Portrait' - see under Sarre, 1904; also compares etching of the 'Triumph of Mordechai', Bartsch 40, Hind 172, which he dates to this period); Wurzbach, 1910, p.418 (Rembrandt?); London, 1915, no.79 (c.1656); Valentiner, II, 1934, no.653, repr; Benesch, 1935, p.56; Benesch, 1947, p.27 and no.230, repr. (c.1654-6); Hofman, 1956, repr. p.38; Benesch, V, 1957/73, no.1205, repr. fig.1428/1504 (c.1654-6; original miniature unidentified); Slive, 1965, I, no.118, repr. (c.1655); Gerson, 1968, p.108, repr. p.371, fig.b (possibly an ingredient in the inspiration for the 'Polish Rider', Bredius 279); Muller, 1968, pp.34-5, repr. fig.9 (c.1655; horseman's legs too far forward for a pesade); Bernhard, 1976, II, repr. p.538; Broos, 1977, p.121 (refers to Rouffaer, 1906); Schatborn, 1977, no.13, repr. (compares Louvre drawing, Benesch 1197); Broos, 1980, repr. p.213, fig.7 (as Rouffaer, 1906; identifies possible model at Schönbrunn); Exh. Paris, Louvre, Cabinet des dessins, 1988-9, under no.67 (c.1656; compares Louvre drawing, also of a horseman, Benesch 1197); Royalton-Kisch, 1991, p.18, n.1 (with other examples of coloured drawings); Montias, 2002, p.125, n.37 (relates speculativley to 'Chinees schilderijtge' mentioned in documents as transferred from Rembrandt's business associate, van den Broeck, to Ackersloot); Schatborn, 2006, p.80, under no.50 (compares Louvre drawing, Benesch 1197).
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