The drawing that Benesch cited as the closest in style to this is Jacob's Dream, in the Louvre,1 which is now considered by many to be by Ferdinand Bol, rather than Rembrandt. Also similar is another representation of Jacob's Dream, this time in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where much the same rapid, almost scratchy, shading and hatching is mixed, just as in the present work, with strikingly fluid and broadly executed outlines.2
There is a broad consensus among current scholars of Rembrandt's drawings that all these sheets should be attributed to Ferdinand Bol, who was active in Rembrandt's studio from 1637 until 1641, and was one of the most gifted draughtsmen among the master's many pupils and followers.
1. Inv. 22881; Benesch, op. cit., no. 557
2. Inv. 34.525; Benesch, op. cit., no. 555; Rembrandt et son entourage, exhib. cat., Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, 2012 and Ajaccio, Palais Fesch, 2014, no. 11
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