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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H , Case PD, Shelf 116, Box A

A Huntsman Resting with His Hounds

Place Of Origin

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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour and bodycolour, with grey and brown wash, over traces of black chalk on paper
Brief Description
Drawing, design for a tapestry of 'A Huntsman Resting with His Hounds', by Jacob Jordaens, Flemish School, c.1635
  • Estimate height: 24.2cm
  • Estimate width: 26.3cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, C.M. Kauffmann, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1973
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), 4905
Gallery Label
After Rubens’ death, Jacob Jordaens became the most prominent artist in the Southern Netherlands. He was particularly skilled in tapestry design. This decorative drawing is a preparatory study for one of a series of eight tapestries. The series was probably made to decorate the walls of a rural hunting lodge. It celebrates the pleasures and activities of country life.
Object history
Jullienne (1686–1766), Paris, his sale, Paris, 31 March 1767, lot 526; Sir Benjamin West (1738–1820), London (L. 419); Dr Henry Wellesley (1791–1866), Oxford, his sale, London, Sotheby’s, 25 June 1866, lot 2.392; from which purchased for the museum for £8. 17s. 6d.
Bibliographic Reference
Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol. II, Cat. 491, illus. p.418.
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record createdJuly 1, 2009
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