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Currently in an early stage, this site contains a ‘work-in-progress’ catalogue of all the known drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). It is arranged in the order of the last full catalogue by Otto Benesch, The Drawings of Rembrandt, 2nd edition, enlarged and edited by Eva Benesch, London and New York, 1973. The aim is to comment, eventually, on all the drawings that Benesch catalogued as autograph, as well as on any other authentic drawings that he did not include. Once completed, I intend, with Yale University Press, to publish a new catalogue raisonné in book form.

Benesch's volume I is now complete in draught form - 190 drawings out of around 1,450 in his catalogue, although short entries are also included on a further 79 drawings that were either unknown to Benesch or rejected by him. Some of the texts are still in early draughts and much academic literature still needs to be checked; the opinions expressed are generally up-to-date, though subject to further research that might change them. The text has not yet been properly edited.

The site is best viewed on PCs and laptops rather than tablets and phones, which occasionally display illustrations and captions in the wrong order for reasons I cannot fathom....beware!

For more details please click the ‘About’ tab.

For the catalogue itself please click 'Catalogue'.

For drawings that are not accepted in Benesch's catalogue, please press the 'Not in Benesch' tab.

Please note:
This is a not-for-profit resource. All the opinions expressed are the compiler's own and offered freely and without prejudice. I do not accept payment for opinions, as to do so might undermine any validity they may have.

Martin Royalton-Kisch

Rembrandt, Self-Portrait (Benesch 53)

GB London, British Museum

Martin Head from Wedding Photo A 25

Martin Royalton-Kisch

Until 2009 Senior Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings,
The British Museum

Martin Royalton-Kisch has spent most of his career - almost 30 years - in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum. He was responsible for the outstanding collections of Dutch, Flemish and French prints and drawings. He has written and lectured widely on European art by the old masters and organised and assisted with exhibitions on many artists and topics including Bruegel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, French drawings and on the history of collecting.

His chief publications are his books and exhibition catalogues on Adriaen van de Venne's Album (1988), Drawings by Rembrandt and his Circle (1992) and The Light of Nature: Landscape Drawings and Watercolours by Van Dyck and his Contemporaries (1999). He has also written for many specialist journals and contributed to major exhibition catalogues, including Rembrandt the Printmaker (2000), Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Drawings and Prints (2001), and French Drawings: Clouet to Seurat (2005).

Site Statistics

A free Google app that came with the site provides basic statistics for visitor numbers. (NB. I do not pay Google or try to increase the number of visitors.)

about 10 visitors per day (from March 2013)
15 per day (from April 2013)
20 per day (from July 2013)
40 per day (from August 2013)
about 40-50 per day since March 2014
(equivalent to c.16,000 per annum)

TOTAL: 40,000 visitors at end of 2015

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