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Drawing - A Surgeon Performing a Head Operation
  • A Surgeon Performing a Head Operation
    Carolus van Deijnum, Joannes
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A Surgeon Performing a Head Operation

  • 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

Blind stylus lines for the inscription at the top, in graphite, PIETAS / QUAM ODIOSA IMPIIS / TAM IIS AD SALUTEM NECES- / SARIA (‘Piety is as much hated by the impious as it is necessary for their salvation’).
Inscribed below in brown ink, – laesis odiosa medela in rugas quid vultus abit, quid contrahis ora? / læsus es, et læso dura ferenda scias :/ desperata salus sine me; quamquam aspera credar / duraque, sola tua sum medicina malo.
Επιφριττεται μη ιωντα, / Και τραυμασι διδοντα / Σωτηριαν βεβαιαν.
vincent[ius] franc[iscus] kgnopff brux[ellensis] rhetor in (The final line—gymnasio Societatis Jesu. Bruxellis 1683—present in Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale, MS. 20.327—is missing, as the sheet has been trimmed at the bottom.)

Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), 9280.4. Inscribed on verso, at upper centre, in brown ink, No 58e. Inscribed at bottom of mount, in graphite, Surgeon.


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 Surgeon Performing a Head Operation', 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. 468.4, illus. p.388.


Pen; Brown ink; Watercolour; Paper

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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