About this artwork

The faint signature ‘Jan Folkema fecit 1674’ can be read on the rear crossbar of the table. The drawing shows four etchers and draughtsmen in a domestic setting. They are probably amateurs, judging from the refined clothes they wear. Etching for pleasure was a frequent practice in seventeenth-century upper-class circles, stimulated by manuals such as Abraham Bosse’s 'Traicté des Manieres de Graver en Taille douce sur l’airtin' (or Manual of Etching) of 1645. Representations of amateur etchers are rare.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A Group of four Etchers and Draughtsmen around a Table
  • date created:
    Dated 1674
  • materials:
    Black chalk and traces of red chalk, on vellum
  • measurements:
    23.70 (left), 24.00 (right) x 26.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910
  • accession number:
    D 1158
  • gallery:
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Johannes Jacobsz. Folkema

Johannes Jacobsz. Folkema