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Quack addressing a crowd
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Quack addressing a crowd

Circa 1635-40

Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674)

Formerly attributed to Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1606 - 1669)

Pen and ink, watercolour on paper

Height: 18.8 cm; Width: 16.6 cm;


Inscription, inscribed, in pencil, verso:
6 (and other more recent figures)

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
A number of drawings by Rembrandt’s circle focus on charlatans and actors from the commedia dell’arte theatre. Here a quack sells remedies to a mostly female crowd. His parrot and Chinese umbrella refer to the purported exotic origins of his cures. Authorship of this drawing has recently been assigned to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Rembrandt’s pupil, on the grounds of the vague and abbreviated treatment of the figures’ facial features and the liberal use of the brush. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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