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A Soldier Loading a Musket, "Ramme in Your Pouder"

A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, and traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, incised for transfer.
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  • A work made of pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, and traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, incised for transfer.

Date:

1596/98

Artist:

Jacques de Gheyn II
Dutch 1565-1629

About this artwork

Jacques de Gheyn produced over 100 drawings for a groundbreaking 1607 Dutch military manual The Exercise of Arms. The drawings, a series of images that capture precise military maneuvers and show the appropriate tackle for each type of soldier, were then engraved for publication.

For A Soldier Loading a Musket, de Gheyn drew the figure clearly and confidently with thin brown lines, adding gray wash to suggest volume and texture. This clarity was necessary for the engraver who would copy it onto a copper plate. In the printed version, a command instructed the soldier to ram powder into their musket.

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Artist

Jacob de Gheyn, II

Title

A Soldier Loading a Musket, "Ramme in Your Pouder"

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1596–1598

Medium

Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, and traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, incised for transfer

Inscriptions

Inscribed, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "27"

Dimensions

267 × 184 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.848

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