Studies of an Infant and a Woman
  • Abraham Bloemaert
  • Gorinchem ca. 1565 - 1651 Utrecht
  • Studies of an Infant and a Woman, after 1605
  • Red chalk over pen and brown ink, partly heightened with white, framing lines with pen and brown ink, on buff paper
  • inscribed with pen and ink on the upper right: W
  • 176 × 204 mm
Lodewijk Houthakker, Amsterdam
H. Shickman Gallery, New York (inv. no. D758-D)
Private collection, Paris
Private collection, Northern Germany (until 2014)
Jaap Bolton: Abraham Bloemaert - The Drawings, Leiden 2007, no. 1038, vol. I, p. 336, ill. 1038, vol. II, p. 370
Lodewijk Houthakker, Amsterdam, cat. 1968, no. 4 (ill.)

This drawing, with four figurative partial studies, also served in Bloemaert’s atelier partially as a model for a painting. The sketch of a child drinking from a bowl in the upper right reappears in a painting entitled Liberalitas1, which was engraved by Cornelis Bloemaert the Younger (1602-1692) in 16252.

Abraham Bloemaert repeated the cursory study of the head of the recumbent child, slightly enlarged and considerably more refined, on the lower margins of this sheet.

  1. Private collection, The Hague, 1968
  2. Hollstein II, p. 79, no. 285