Attributed to Jan de Bray

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Attributed to Jan de Bray
ca. 1627-1697
Portrait of a Seated Cleric
Black and red chalk and gray wash on light brown laid paper.
8 3/4 x 6 7/16 inches (222 x 163 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Unidentified watermark.

Joseph F. McCrindle, New York (McCrindle collection no. A0133).

The present sheet in black and red chalk with gray wash gives an intimate depiction of a cleric. The sheet has been attributed to Jan De Bray, who was a prolific draftsman, painter, and etcher, and who spent the majority of his life in Haarlem, with the exception of a couple of years (1686-88) when he lived in Amsterdam. He worked as a portrait painter for forty years, beginning in 1650. More than half of Jan's painted output consists of individual portraits and he also painted figural groups. Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann has observed that this drawing is likely by a Flemish artist working in the seventeenth century; however, he believes it is not by de Bray. Rather, Haverkamp-Begemann places it in the circle of Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678).

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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