Ludolf Backhuysen

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Ludolf Backhuysen
approximately 1630-1708
Dutch Shore Scene with a Flagship Firing a Salute as She Gets under Way
Brush and gray-brown ink and wash, over graphite, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
6 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches (162 x 273 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 222

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Signed and dated at the lower right center, in gray-brown ink, "L. Backh. 1672". Inscribed on the verso, in graphite, at left margin, in Ploos van Amstel's hand, "hoog 6 / bred 10 1/2"; in a different hand, "G[?] No ["o" in superscript] 6 / UA"; in yet another hand, "N 14"; at center, in a modern hand, "M Bordes"; in another hand, "No ["o" in superscript] 7" and "H"; and below this, "3".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points, over 4 and three balls (similar to Heawood, no. 2003: 1671-2), cap with two balls and a point, hair under cap.

Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Jb Czn (1726-98), Amsterdam (Lugt 3003); Helbing, Munich, 1902; 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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Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis, 1726-1798, 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, 222, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 8.

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