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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:


  • 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:


  • 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


first half 17th century (drawn)


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.


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.


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


Drawing (image-making); Wash technique

Subjects depicted

People; Sword; General; Capital punishment; Horse



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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