Attributed to Philippe Mercier

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Attributed to Philippe Mercier
1689-1760
The Amputation of a Gentleman's Thumb by a Painter
Red chalk on paper.
10 x 9 3/8 inches (254 x 238 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 29
Provenance: 
L. Joly, Paris; 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, 29, repr. (as Hogarth)

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Formerly attributed to William Hogarth.

Associated names: 

Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, Formerly attributed to.
Joly, L., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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