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Drawing - recto: Joachim Embracing Anna

recto: Joachim Embracing Anna

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1661-1669 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leyden, Lucas van (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Recto: pen and black ink, with grey wash; verso: pen and brown ink.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 22

Physical description

On the recto, the elderly, bearded figure of Joachim on the right embraces the veiled figure of Anna, whose face is hidden behind his; both are dressed in heavy robes. They stand in a faintly described village landscape, with a horse-drawn cart on the left and farm buildings and a herdsman with two cows and a sheep (?) on the right. The sheet has been cropped prior to reuse, as on its verso is a fragment of a freely handled sketch of a figure apparently wielding a sword, possibly a figure of St Michael or St George.


1661-1669 (made)


Leyden, Lucas van (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

Recto: pen and black ink, with grey wash; verso: pen and brown ink.

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on recto at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), 387. Inscribed on old ruled and gold mount, in pencil: underneath floated drawing, at centre, £5–5–0; below window opening, at lower right, by Dyce, L.V. Leyden; and above this, in a nineteenth-century hand (with Dyce’s original inv. no.), 198.


Height: 167 mm, Width: 149 mm

Object history note

Unidentified collector (L. 2508 [at lower left edge; trimmed]);1 Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869), London,
by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869.

Descriptive line

Drawing, recto: 'Joachim Embracing Anna'; verso: 'Sketch of a figure wielding a sword', copy after Lucas van Leyden, Dutch School, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, Vol. 1, Cat. 116, illus. p.160.


Paper; Pen; Ink; Grey wash




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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