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Drawing - Bookbinders at Work

Bookbinders at Work

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Brussels (drawn)

  • Date:

    1683 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carolus van Deijnum, Joannes (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and brown ink, with watercolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case O, shelf 7, box C

Place of Origin

Brussels (drawn)


1683 (drawn)


Carolus van Deijnum, Joannes (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and brown ink, with watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Ruled lines in black chalk for the inscription at the top, in brown ink, etiam in doc- / trina multa / intricata / inveniuntur / set facile / expediun- / tur (‘Even in learning, many tangled things are found, but they are easily untangled’).

Inscribed below, in brown ink, Implicita explicat / Hic etiam reperis ubi cuncta videntur aperta, / Implicita? et studiis expedienda tuis? / Sed bene : vim magnam quod non adhibere necesse est ; / Non erit hac ingens explicuisse labor.
Joannes Franciscus rosseels brux[ellensis] poeta in / Gym[nasio] Soc[ieta]tis jesu. brux[ellis] 1683.

Inscribed at lower right, in graphite, P. Baut; and just above, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), 9280.23. Inscribed on verso, at upper centre, in brown ink, No 58x. Inscribed at bottom of mount, in graphite, Bookbinding.


Height: 279/258 mm full sheet, Width: 190/177 mm full sheet, Height: 146 mm oval design, Width: 126 mm oval design

Object history note

Edwin Parsons (dealer), London; from whom purchased (as a ‘Series of 24 pen drawings representing trades etc.’ as by P. Baut [in cover]) by the museum, 22 July 1884 for £1. 10s. 0d.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Bookbinders at Work', 1 of 24 emblems painted for the Jesuit College of Brussels, by Joannes Carolus van Deijnum, Flemish School, pen and brown ink, with watercolour, dated 1683

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. II, Cat. 468.23, illus. p.396.


Pen; Brown ink; Watercolour; Paper

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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