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Drawing - Allegory of Concord and Peace
  • Allegory of Concord and Peace
    Thulden, Theodoor van, born 1606 - died 1669
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Allegory of Concord and Peace

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Holland (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thulden, Theodoor van, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 25

Physical description

Minerva introducing Peace to Batavia, which is represented as an enthroned woman. On the right side Liberty is standing protecting a river god, and on the left, Hymen with his torch inverted; Pen and brown ink, on paper; Design is annotated and there is text below the image.

Place of Origin

Holland (possibly, drawn)


17th century (made)


Thulden, Theodoor van, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on recto, by the artist, in brown ink: in the left-hand margin, dit raekt / het lant / maer en is / niet gemaeckt / gewest
This concerns the state, but has not been realized

At the bottom of the sheet, d’union (Batavia crossed out) sittende, tussen de see en Maes by haer staende libertas en Minerva oft wysheydt die haer / aenraet den paijs te ontfangen die haer door victorie wert aengebrocht in wiens schilt syn de / seven provincien Voor wort door den fackel van pax de warpenen verbrant fama / laet het overal weten Union (Batavia crossed out) heeft den tritant als Regente der wateren.
The Union seated between the sea and the Maas, with near her liberty and Minerva or wisdom, who counsels her to accept Peace, who is presented by Victory, on whose shield are [the coats of arms] of the Seven Provinces. In front the arms are burnt by the torch of Peace—Fame spreads the news all around—the Union holds the trident as mistress of the waters.

On verso there are traces of an inscription by the artist, at upper right, in brown ink; also inscribed by a later hand on verso, in graphite, 5.


Height: 142 mm, Width: 222 mm

Object history note

Benjamin West (1738–1820), London, his sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 May 1836, lot 30 'JORDAENS. A series of five designs relating to the history of Holland, bistre wash' (to 'Palser'); Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869), London, by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. 2503 on verso), 1869.

Descriptive line

Drawing 'Allegory of Concord and Peace', by Theodoor van Thulden, pen and brown ink, 17th century

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

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol. II, Cat. 558, illus.


Pen; Brown ink; Brown wash; Paper


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Torch; Temple; Shield



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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