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A Camel

A work made of black chalk and brush and black wash, with touches of brown and ochre chalk, on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of black chalk and brush and black wash, with touches of brown and ochre chalk, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1646

Artist:

Cornelis Saftleven
Dutch, 1607-1681

About this artwork

Although foreign to Europe, camels and other non-native animals were sometimes displayed as curiosities on the continent. Cornelis Saftleven recorded one such rare encounter, capturing the animal’s fur by using a combination of black, brown, and ocher chalk, in some areas (the head and haunches) wetting the media to create denser passages in contrast to the dryer, more disperse use of chalk elsewhere. The addition of ink wash added further shading to suggest the volumes of the camel’s body.

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Artist

Cornelis Saftleven

Title

A Camel

Origin

Holland

Date

1646

Medium

Black chalk and brush and black wash, with touches of brown and ochre chalk, on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, upper center, in black chalk: “Sin San 1646"; lower center, in black chalk: "CS"

Dimensions

204 × 313 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1989.201

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