William Hogarth

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William Hogarth
1697-1764
Early Christian Arguing his Case in Roman Court (Paul Before Felix Acts 23:26)
Red chalk on paper.
15 3/8 x 20 1/8 inches (391 x 511 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 38
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Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in shield, surmounted by crown, over "LVG", (Strasbourg lily).
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "IV".

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Artist's studio, presumably until 1764, and then by descent to his widow, Jane (Thornhill) Hogarth (1709-1789?), London; Dr. Rev. Michael Lort (1724/25-1790), Oxford and London; his sale, Leigh and Sotheby, London, 2 June 1791, lot 69, for 84..-..-; London art market [?]; Dr. Jaspar Robert Joly (1819-1892), Clonbullogue, near Dublin, possibly after 1863; his sale, Sotheby's, London, 18-19 February 1892, in a lot containing 25 volumes with 158 drawings and 6,097 prints bought by Bernard Quaritch, London; 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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Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 38.

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Anonymous, British School, 18th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Lort, Dr., former owner.
Joly, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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