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Drawing - The Decapitation of a Saint
  • The Decapitation of a Saint
    Schut, Cornelis I, born 1597 - died 1655
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The Decapitation of a Saint

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Date:

    first half 17th century (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schut, Cornelis I, born 1597 - died 1655 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.540

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 24

Physical description

Decapitation near a temple, a man's head has been cut off by a sword. Numerous figures are around, a Roman general on horseback is in the background

Date

first half 17th century (drawn)

Artist/maker

Schut, Cornelis I, born 1597 - died 1655 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk

Marks and inscriptions

Signed(?) at lower right, in brown ink, Corn. Schut; and inscribed at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s Dyce inv. no.), 540; on the verso, at lower left, in the hand of Ploos van Amstel, in brown ink, C Schut / geb Antwerpen / Ao 1600; above and below this, also by Ploos, in red ink, H: 11dm / B. 8dm, and C No 1; at lower left corner, possibly also by Ploos, in brown ink, N 51 (crossed through in red ink); and above this, in another hand, in black chalk, f 20.

Dimensions

Height: 285 mm, Width: 210 mm

Object history note

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Jb Czn (1726–98), Amsterdam (L. 3002–4), his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley ... Roos, 3ff. March 1800, Album DDD, lot 4: ‘Een dito [Martelisatie van een heilige Vrouw] van een Man; het dito [de pen en O. I. Inkt], door C. Schut’ (to ‘van Steeg’ with lot 3 for 10.10 fl.); Rev. Alexander Dyce (1798–1869) London, by whom bequeathed to the museum (L. Suppl. 153b), 1869.

Descriptive line

Drawing 'The Decapitation of a Saint', by Cornelis Schut the elder, Flemish School, pen and brown ink, first half 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. 542, illus.

Materials

Pen; Brown ink; Brown wash; Black chalk; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Wash technique

Subjects depicted

Horse; People; Capital punishment; Sword; General

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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