Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Two Studies of Saskia Asleep
ca. 1635-1637
Pen and brown ink and wash, on laid paper; traces of framing line.
5 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches (130 x 171 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 180

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Inscribed at lower left, in Rymsdyk's hand, in brown ink, "Rymsdyk's M."; on the old mount, at lower center, also in Rymsdyk's hand, in brown ink, "Rembrandt"; at left, in another hand, in brown ink, "Born near Leyden 1606", and at right, "died at Amsterdam 167[?]"; on the verso of the mount, at upper center, also in Rymsdyk's hand, in brown ink, "BXI >?V[?V in ligature]/ BXI?V[?V in ligature]B / Rymsdyk [slashed through 4 times]".
Jan van Rymsdyk (fl. c. 1770), Bristol (Lugt 2167); Tighe; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.

Watermark: fragment of a shield above the letters "WR" (similar to Briquet, no. 7211: Amsterdam, 1630-40).
The drawing is one of a sizeable group of studies representing a woman in bed (awake, asleep, propped up on pillows, or lying down), which, given their intimate character, are presumed to represent Saskia and to have been done during an illness or one of her four documented confinements between 1635 and 1641.