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.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Jacob de Gheyn, II
- A Soldier Loading a Musket, "Ramme in Your Pouder"
- Netherlands (Artist's nationality)
- Pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, and traces of black chalk on ivory laid paper, incised for transfer
- Inscribed, lower right, in pen and brown ink: "27"
- 26.7 × 18.4 cm (10 9/16 × 7 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray