Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
1620-1683
Skirmish at the Edge of a Wood
Red chalk, on paper; framing line in black ink; laid down on a border of gold and two thin red lines.
8 1/16 x 11 15/16 inches (205 x 303 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 205

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Inscribed at lower right, in Rymsdyk's hand, in red ink or a solution of red chalk, "Rymsdyk's Museum". On the verso, also in Rymsdyk's hand, in brown ink, "H / >B ?V[in ligature] / Rymsdyk [slashed through four times]".

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Jan van Rymsdyk (ca. 1730-1788/9), London (Lugt 2167); 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, 205, repr.

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Watermark: none visible through lining.

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Rymsdyk, Jan van, approximately 1730-1788/89, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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