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The Visitation

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    late 16th century - early 17th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Candid, Peter, born 1548 - died 1628 (formerly ascribed to)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with grey wash

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 26

Physical description

Elizabeth hearing the Salutation of the Virgin Mary; Elizabeth stands with Mary, Zacharias stands at the door of his house, his hands clasped in prayer, Joseph appears behind Mary with a bundle of linen under his arm; Designed for a book illustration.

Place of Origin

Belgium (possibly, drawn)


late 16th century - early 17th century (drawn)


Candid, Peter, born 1548 - died 1628 (formerly ascribed to)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), 509.

Inscribed on the mount, all in pencil: by Dyce, De Witte, Pietro Candid / 1548–1599; and (twice) by a nineteenth-century hand (with the original Dyce inv. no.), 376; and on verso of mount, in graphite, Pietro Candid.


Height: 213 mm, Width: 145 mm

Object history note

Jan Pietersz. Zoomer (1641–1724), Amsterdam (L. 1511); Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869), London, by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869.

Descriptive line

Drawing 'The Visitation', formerly ascribed to Pieter de Witte, called Candido, Flemish School, pen and brown ink, late 16th century - early 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. 598, pp.498-99


Pen; Grey wash; Paper


Drawing (image-making); Wash technique

Subjects depicted

Women; Pregnancy; Men


Drawings; Designs

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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