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Drawing - A Learned Man

A Learned Man

  • 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, Avidi doctrina / quamvis librum / aliquod spatium / relinquant id / tamen non est / sine omni stu- / dio (‘Those greedy for learning, even when they leave aside a book for some time, do not so without any study’).
Inscribed below, in brown ink, neque hæc vacua omnia / sedulitas etiam minimum contemnere nescit ; / nec vacum exiguum quam libet, esse sinit. / Exiguum cessit spatium mihi non tamen omne / perditur ; exiguum perdere saepe nocet. / Jacobus Tserstevens brux[ellensis] poeta in gymn[asio] Soc[ieta]tis / jesu. Brux[ellis] 1683.

Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), 9280.13. Inscribed on verso, in brown ink: at upper centre, No. 58c; below this, Emblemata (underlined); and at centre, 39 stuks. Inscribed at bottom of mount, in graphite, Astrologer.


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, 'A Learned Man', 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. 468.13, illus. p.392.


Pen; Brown ink; Watercolour; Paper

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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