Jan Asselijn

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Jan Asselijn
The Aqueducts at Frascati
Black and gray washes, over graphite, on paper; outlines incised with a stylus; framing line in black ink.
7 3/8 x 10 inches (187 x 255 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres.

Engraved by Gabriel Perelle (c. 1603-1677); (Hollstein I, 1949, 44, nos. 15-32); see 1969.8:2.


Inscribed on slip of paper pasted on the verso, at upper left, in an old hand, in brown ink, "Vestiges des acqueducs de Frescati"; below this, in graphite, "P" and "33" (encircled); at lower left, in graphite, "AN" and "No ["o" in superscript] 844"; at lower right, in an eighteenth-century hand, in graphite, "Asselyn"; and below this, in graphite, "D 30805" (i.e. Colnaghi stock number).
Watermark: Grapes (similar to Heawood, no. 2232: Paris, 1643); cluster of grapes, short, hollow stem, centered between chain lines.

Hendrik van Eyl Sluyter (1741-1816), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley...de Vries, 26 June 1814, Album F, one of two in lot 25 (to "de Vries" for 256 fl.); Prestel(?); Hendrick van Cranenburgh (1754-1832), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, Roos...Engelberts, 26-7 October 1858, lot 158 (to "Gruyter" for 31 fl.); William Pitcairn Knowles (1820-94), Rotterdam and Wiesbaden (Lugt 2643); his sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller and Co., 25-6 June 1895, lot 12 (with lot 13 to "Frederik Muller and Co." for 42 fl.); Peter Vischer-Burckhardt (1869-1947), Basel and Schloss Wildenstein, near Basel; A.W.M. Mensing (1866-1936), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller and Co., 27-9 April 1937, lot 8 (to van de Mandele for 40 fl.); W. van de Mandele, Bloemendaal; Mrs. A.C.R. van de Mandele-Vermeer, Bloemendaal; her sale, Amsterdam, Mak van Waay, 18 December 1968, lot 238b (with lot 238a to Colnaghi for 2350 fl.); acquired from P. & D. Colnaghi and Co. (dealer), London.
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Sluyter, Hendrik van Eyl, 1741-1816, former owner.
Cranenburgh, Hendrick van, 1754-1832, former owner.
Knowles, William Pitcairn, 1820-1894, former owner.
Vischer-Burckhardt, Peter, 1869-1947, former owner.
Mensing, Ant. W. M., 1866-1936, former owner.
Mandele, W. van de, former owner.
Mandele-Vermeer, A. C. R. van de, Mrs., former owner.
Crawford and Balcarres, Earl of, donor.


Exhibition of Old Master and English Drawings, P. and D. Colnaghi, London, 1969, no. 33.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Sixteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969-1971. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, p. 108.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 1.

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