Inscribed in brown ink on verso, right side: Tiziano Inscribed in black ink on verso, l.r.: F. Te[vey?] (illegible; collector's signature?; not in Lugt) Notation in graphite on verso, l.l.: (H or F?).235.61 Watermark: none visible
Signed and numbered on plate: MVH Inv. 2 DVC Inscription beneath: Sustinet impositum veluti virtute CAMELVS / Pondus, onusq; sibi, mitem facilemq; oneramti / Sepraebet, nec non flectit sua tergaretorta: / Vnica sic ISAC soboles fide patris ABRAMI / Dictis audit, obediuit, capitisq; pericla / pectore non dubio manifesta subire paratus. Watermark of hand and flower.
This chalk drawing on laid paper is vertically oriented. It is executed in black and red chalk, heightened with white, on tan paper. The piece is dominated with a dancing child satyr with goat legs and curly hair. He is wearing a redish cape. With one foot on the ground and one in the air, he is visible from his right side and he holds a small horn and a tambourine. He looks to the sky with his mouth agape. Several blades of grass suggest the ground below him.
This chalk drawing depicts a young satyr, the half-human and half-goat creatures who joined in the revelry of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. He carries a tamborine and a horn, with legs in motion and his mouth open as if in song. Jacob Jordaens was one of Antwerp's leading figure painters during the 17th c. working in a style similar to his friend, Peter Paul Rubens. This may have been a preparatory drawing for one of his mythological scenes.