Antoine Watteau

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Antoine Watteau
Sketches of Heads, and a Donkey
Red chalk on paper.
9 1/2 x 12 3/8 inches (242 x 314 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 276

Watteau copied the four heads in the upper register of this sheet from Paolo Veronese's painting "Christ and the Centurion", now in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.


Watermark: Fleur-de-lis above letters (Courchon? Cusson?).

Nicola F. Haym, London (Lugt 1970); John Spencer (according to Lugt 1530); George John, second Earl of Spencer, Althorp (Lugt 1530); his sale, London, T. Phillipe, 10-17 June 1811, no. 828; 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.
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Haym, Nicola Francesco, former owner.
Spencer, John, 1708-1746, former owner.
Spencer, George John Spencer, Earl, 1758-1834, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 276.
Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, "Antoine Watteau 1684-1721, Catalogue raisonné des dessins", 3 vols., Milan, 1996, II, no. 419, repr.

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