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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp, Dutch, 1594–1651

Portrait of two gentlemen from Dordrecht

ca. 1630

Black chalk heightened with white (with a few touches of black ink) on buff paper

sheet: 16.8 × 27.9 cm (6 5/8 × 11 in.)
Egmont Collection, Yale Library Transfer
1961.63.20
This is one of two signed drawings by Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, who, like his more famous son Aelbert and other members of the family, worked in Dordrecht. In this drawing, one of the gentlemen looks at the viewer, perhaps about to speak; the other, in profile, looks at the first. Though their identities are no longer known, the subjects were probably upper-class members of the artist’s community, as they have elegant, fashionable clothes and are accompanied by playful hunting dogs. In the background is a recognizable view of Dordrecht. The work is charming both for the individual psychology of the gentlemen and for the lively handling of the black chalk.
Geography: 
Made in The Netherlands
Culture: 
Dutch
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

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)

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 27, 136–37, no. 41, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.