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Drawing - Recto: Adoration of the Shepherds, Verso: Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Recto: Adoration of the Shepherds, Verso: Adoration of the Shepherds
    Jordaens, Jacob the elder, born 1593 - died 1678
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Recto: Adoration of the Shepherds, Verso: Adoration of the Shepherds

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Date:

    c.1617 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jordaens, Jacob the elder, born 1593 - died 1678 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Recto: pen and brush in brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk. Verso: pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over traces of black chalk.

  • Museum number:

    D.1059-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 248

Physical description

Recto: on the left, St Joseph and a cow; in the centre, the Virgin and Child with the crib facing the spectator; on the right, a kneeling shepherdess, two elderly shephers and a young shepherdess carrying a jar on her head; above, in a separate sketch, a shepherd running towards the left. Verso: on the left, an angel and a shepherdess with a jar on her head; in the centre, the Virgin and Child seated, facing to the right; on the right, two kneeling figures, a shepherd holding up a lantern, and four lightly sketched figures, including a child, a shepherd raising his cap and a large dog; in the left background, architectural decoration, including a pillar on a pedestal.

Date

c.1617 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Jordaens, Jacob the elder, born 1593 - died 1678 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Recto: pen and brush in brown ink, with brown wash, over black chalk. Verso: pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over traces of black chalk.

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed at lower left, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), D.1059–1900; and indistinctly on verso, at lower right corner, in graphite, Hewte(?).

Dimensions

Height: 299 mm, Width: 248 mm

Object history note

Miss Emily Dalton (1816/17–1900), Leicester, by whom bequeathed to the museum (NAL dry stamp on recto and Dalton Bequest purple ink stamp on verso; neither in Lugt), 1900.

Descriptive line

Drawing Recto: 'Adoration of the Shepherds', Verso: 'Adoration of the Shepherds', by Jacob Jordaens, Flemish School, Pen and brush in brown ink, c.1617

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. 488, illus. pp. 414-15

Production Note

The recto is a copy by Jordeans of the central predella of Rubens' altarpiece of the Adoration of the Magi. This copy was probably made by Jordaens at the beginning of his preparation for the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Shepherds, originally in the church of the Canonesses Regular of St Augustine at Kortrijk.

Materials

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

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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