A Hawker Showing an Animal in a Cage to a Woman and Her Child
School of Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)
Reed pen and brown ink, pen and gray washes; verso in pen and dark brown ink.
5 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (13.4 x 13 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
A man, possibly a peddler or a street entertainer, gestures animatedly toward a wicker cage housing a marmot or a similar small animal. The woman holding a child in her arms leans forward seemingly intrigued. While Rembrandt rarely treated genre subjects, he did take an interest in street life, depicting such everyday people in a social context. This drawing, probably by one of Rembrandt’s many pupils, is done in the prevalent reed-pen-and-ink technique; the embellishments in gray wash are by a later hand.
Marking: Annotated on the verso in pencil: S.H. yes.
Earl of Warwick, Warwick (?); Thomas Halstead (?); probably Sir Francis Seymour Haden, London and Arlesford; [Duveen Brothers, New York and London(?)]; Mrs. Alexander Hamilton Rice, Newport and New York; Dr. Alexander Hamilton Rice, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Silver, Chicago; [M. Knoedler and Co., New York].