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Provenance

Mlle M. Hoofman (sale, Haarlem, Engesmet, 9 June 1846, no. A.33: Eene Historiëele Ordonnantie met 14 beelden, met de pen en O.I. inkt [a historical composition with 14 figures, in pen and Indian ink]); Gérard Leembruggen Jz. (his sale, Amsterdam, Roos, Engelberts, Lamma and Roos, 5 March 1866, no. 470); to Jan Six (sale, Amsterdam, Muller, 16 October 1928, lot 62); Lady Violet Melchett; Matthiesen Gallery; purchased by Paul Havatny, 1947 (his sale, London, Christie's, 24 June 1980, lot 74); Henry Hudson; purchased by Ian Woodner, New York, 24 May 1984; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner, New York, 1990; gift to NGA, 1991.

Exhibition History
1956
Rembrandt, 1606-1956, Boymans Museum, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, 1956, no. 88.
1985
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1985, no. 100 (checklist only).
1986
Dibujos de los siglos XIV al XX: Colección Woodner, Museo del Prado, 1986-87, no. 75.
1986
Meisterzeichnungen aus Sechs Jahrhunderten: Die Sammlung Ian Woodner, Haus der Kunst, Munich and Vienna, 1986, no. 63.
1987
Master Drawings: The Woodner Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1987, no. 63.
1990
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 77.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 70, as "attributed to."
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
2006
Strokes of Genius: Rembrandt's Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Bibliography
1877
Vosmaer, Carel. Rembrandt. Sa vie et ses oeuvres. The Hague, 1877: 585.
1888
Lippmann, F. and Hofstede de Groot, C. Original Drawings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn Reproduced in Phototype. 4 vols. Berlin and elsewhere, 1888-1911: I; no. 7.
1906
Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. Die Handzeichnungen Rembrandts. Haarlem, 1906: no. 1231.
1921
Bredt, E.W. Rembrandt - Bibel: Altes Testament, Neues Testament. Munich, 1921: 39.
1925
Valentiner, Wilhelm R. Rembrandt: Des Meisters Handzeichnungen. 2 vols. Stuttgart-Berlin, 1925-1934: I: no. 87.
1926
Kauffmann, H. "Zur Kritik der Rembrandtzeichnungen." Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft XLVII (1926): 169.
1935
Benesch, Otto. Rembrandt: Werk und Forschung. Vienna, 1935: 37.
1937
Münz, L. Die graphischen Kunste. Vienna, 1937: II: 105.
1954
Benesch, Otto. The Drawings of Rembrandt. 6 vols. London, 1954-1957: 3I:no. 527, fig. 657.
1961
Haverkamp-Begemann, E. Review of Benesch 1954-7. Kunstchronik. XIV (1961): 51-2.
1964
Benesch, Otto. 'Neuentdeckte Zeichnungen von Rembrandt.' Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 6 (1964): 123, no. 11.
1965
Slive, Seymour. Drawings of Rembrandt. 2 vols. New York, 1965: I: pl. 224.
1973
Benesch, Otto. The Drawings of Rembrandt. 6 vols. London: Phaidon, 1973. (enlarged and edited by Eva Benesch from 1954-1957 ed.)527
1984
de Bayser, Bruno. "Rêves de collectionneur." Connaissance des arts December 1984: 77, 79.
1992
Royalton-Kisch, Martin. Drawings by Rembrandt and His Circle in the British Museum. Exh. cat. British Museum, London, 1992: 102, mentioned under no. 38 and note 5.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996: no. 70.