Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
Pastoral Landscape with a Woman Spinning and Men Plowing
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in black ink.
5 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (147 x 188 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 137

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Signed and dated at upper right corner, in black chalk, "Berghem.f. / 1654". Inscribed on the verso, at upper left corner, in brown ink, "yxft.01.2[or 7](?)"; next to this, in graphite, "6"; at lower left, in the hand of Goll van Franckenstein, in brown ink, "N 116"; over this, in graphite, "116"; and below this, in graphite, "No ["o" in superscript] A11 (?)".
Jonkheer Johann Goll van Franckenstein the Elder (1722-85), Amsterdam; Jonkheer Johann Goll van Franckenstein the Younger (1756-1821), Amsterdam (his N 116 on verso; Lugt 2987); Jonkheer Pieter Hendrick Goll van Franckenstein (1787-1832), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, de Vries...Roos, 1 July 1833, Album GG, lot 11 (with lot 12 to "Roos" for 190 fl.); C.J. Nieuwenhuys (1799-1883), Brussels, Belgium, and Oxford Lodge, Wimbledon, England; his sale, London, Christie's, 15 July 1887, lot 10: "N. Berchem. A Landscape, with peasants under a tree, and figures ploughing. Signed and dated 1654" (to Fairfax Murray for £5.10.0); 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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 137, repr.


Watermark: Foolscap with five points, over 4 and three balls, fragment. No ball on 3rd and 4th collar points. (similar to Heawood, no. 1964). Same as watermark on I,137a Watermark 128117wm_019_I_137.jpg