Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
Cattle, Goats, and Sheep with Three Herdsmen, one Drinking
Black chalk, point of brush and brown wash, on paper; outlines indented with a stylus; framing line in dark brown ink.
7 1/4 x 10 inches (185 x 255 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 138

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The drawing was engraved, in reverse, by Johannes Visscher (1633-after 1692) as the third print in an etched and engraved series of four pastoral scenes (Hollstein, XLI, p. 68, under no. 97).


Signed and dated at upper left, in black chalk, "Berghem f. / 1654". Inscribed on the verso, at lower left corner, in graphite, "No. ["o" in superscript] 340.-150; at lower center, in another hand, in graphite, "No. 14[or 13]"; and farther below, in still another hand, in graphite, "12 H".
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "PD" (similar to Churchill, no. 6: 1654-79), Letters centered between chain lines, Letter "P' has solid top.

C.J. Nieuwenhuys (1799-1883), Brussels, Belgium, and Oxford Lodge, Wimbledon, England; his sale, London, Christie's, 15 July 1887, lot 9: "N. Berchem. A Group of Cattle, and three peasants. Signed, and dated 1659" (to Fairfax Murray for £0.10.0); 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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Associated names: 

Nieuwenhuys, C. J., 1799-1883, 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, I, 138, 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. 18.