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The King Drinks

Artist:
Copy after Jacob Jordaens (Flemish, Antwerp 1593–1678 Antwerp)
Date:
ca. 1645–50
Medium:
Red chalk with brush and gray, blue, and brown ink, and washes in the same colors over black chalk; remains of a black chalk framing line
Dimensions:
H. 6-3/4 in. x W. 10-7/8 in.
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.838
Not on view
This drawing, most likely by a student or studio member
of Jordaens’s workshop, combines two Flemish themes of
families feasting that Jordaens explored in multiple versions
late in his career. This domestic interior relates to popular
representations of the Twelfth Night banquet. To celebrate
the arrival of the Three Kings, families would often gather
for a sumptuous meal, crowning a man king for a night.
Characterized by uncouth behavior, such images often
carried a moralizing warning against excess. This drawing
shows a more restrained gathering, which suggests it also
illustrates the whimsical secular proverb “As the Old Sing,
So the Young Twitter.”
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink at the bottom left: 904
[Boerner, Leipzig]; [Richard Ederheimer, New York].
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