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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- Prints and Drawings
- Cornelis Saftleven
- A Camel
- Black chalk and brush and black wash, with touches of brown and ochre chalk, on ivory laid paper
- Inscribed recto, upper center, in black chalk: “Sin San 1646"; lower center, in black chalk: "CS"
- 204 × 313 mm
- Clarence Buckingham Collection