Sale, London, Sotheby's, 22 November 1974, in lot 46 (as Adriaen Bloemaert)
J. Bolten, Abraham Bloemaert c.1565-1651, The Drawings, Leiden 2007, vol. I, p. 497, no. A24, reproduced vol. II, p. 503
The present sheet can be closely compared to one of the hand studies found in the upper right corner of plate 52 from Bloemaert's widely distributed Konstryk Tekenboek,an album of engravings by Bloemaert's son, Frederik, after designs by his father.
Laid down on japan paper and subsequently window mounted on a modern paper support. There is evidence of some minor surface dirt to the sheet. The red chalk medium remains in predominantly good condition with the image strong. Sold unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.