Joseph Highmore

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Joseph Highmore
The Husband's Return
Graphite on paper.
11 11/16 x 17 3/4 inches (298 x 457 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 33


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Watermark: fleur-de-lis surmounted by a crown (Heawood 1829).


Inscribed in pen and brown ink on verso, "To my Friends, Relations, or whomever it may concern. / It is my particular wish that this drawing or sketch / by W. Hogarth should be given after my decease to Mr. Stephen Catterson Smith / if living / now residing at No. 11 Margaret Street spa[?] Fields / and Student of the Royal Academy of Sculpture and Painting London / Robert Fields Sept 5, 1826".

Robert Fields; Stephen Catterson Smith; Joly, Dublin; 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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Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, Formerly attributed to.
Fields, Robert, former owner.
Catterson Smith, Stephen, former owner.
Joly, 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, III, 33.

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