Ludolf Backhuysen

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Ludolf Backhuysen
approximately 1630-1708
A Kaag with another Vessel Head to Wind in the Left Foreground; a Dutch Flagship Lying off Anchor on the Right
Brush and gray wash, over graphite, on paper.
7 3/16 x 11 1/4 inches (182 x 285 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 221

Monogrammed on the flag of the smack (second vessel from the left margin), in brush and black ink, "LB". Inscribed on the verso, in graphite, at lower left, "2660-n", and in another hand, "N 742"; and at lower center, "uit het Cabinet van Bruinenburg(?)".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points, over 4 and three balls (similar to Heawood, no. 2003: 1671-2), Cap with two balls, hair under cap.

William Mayor (1826-1892), London (Lugt 2799); possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 13 May 1903, one of two in lot 123: "Dutch Man-of-War at Anchor and other shipping-indian ink" (for £3.10.0); 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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Mayor, William, 1826-1892, 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, 221, repr.

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