Jean-Baptiste Le Prince
Imaginary Landscape with Fishermen Pulling in Their Nets
Pen and black ink, with gray wash, over black chalk, on paper; pentimenti in trees in black chalk.
15 7/8 x 11 5/8 inches (403 x 294 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Mrs. Christian H. Aall and Miss Elisabeth T. Ely.
Signed and dated at lower left, in pen and black ink, "J. B. Le Prince. 1765".
Jean Masson (Lugt S. 1494a); his sale, Paris, Féral, 7-8 May 1983, lot 134 (as "Pêcheurs russes"), repr.; Comte du Parc, Château de Villebertin; Baskett and Day, London; Richard Day, Ltd., London.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 271.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 78.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993. no. 78, repr.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Masson, Jean, former owner.
Parc, Comte du, former owner.
Aall, Christian H., Mrs., donor.
Ely, Elisabeth T., donor.