Battle Scene Artist: Master of the Egmont Albums (Flemish, active 16th century)

ca. 1590–95

Prints and Drawings

The Master of the Egmont Albums derives his conventional name from these drawings, which came to the Gallery in a series of albums assembled by the first Earl of Egmont. A brilliantly original draftsman, the artist appears to have been trained in the Netherlands and then to have traveled across Europe, for his works display a knowledge of Venetian and Roman art as well as of Albrecht Dürer’s works. These two drawings show all of his characteristic mannerisms. He worked out compositions of dizzying complexity in black chalk, over which he then applied strong pen lines, often in two different shades of brown ink, juxtaposing dark, hatched shadows alongside areas of untouched white paper. Many other battle scenes by the artist have been identified. Their density would have made them poor models for engraving, and the drawings are perhaps better understood as complete—if mysterious—works in their own right.


Pen and brown ink over black chalk


sheet: 10 13/16 × 14 3/16 in. (27.5 × 36 cm)
framed: 17 1/4 × 23 1/4 in. (43.8 × 59.1 cm)

Credit Line

Egmont Collection, Yale Library Transfer

Accession Number



16th century


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John Percival, first Earl of Egmont (1683-1748); John T. Graves; Robert Hoe (sale New York, Anderson Auction Company, April 15-19, 1912, Library of Robert Hoe, Part III, A-K, no. 949); Yale
University Library (Anonymous Donor, 1957)
  • Lisa Hodermarsky, Suzanne Boorsch, and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 104–6, 248, no. 26, ill
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annotated with pen and brown ink at bottom r.: "Hans van Aken f."

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