Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
Shepherdess Spinning by a Stream, with Cattle, Goats, and a Donkey
Pen and point of brush and brown ink, brown wash, over faint traces of black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
9 3/4 x 13 15/16 inches (247 x 354 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 139

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Signed at lower left, in brown ink, "Berchem / f.:". Inscribed on the verso, at lower left corner, in dark brown ink, "II"; above this, in graphite, "fLLJn/m ["n" in superscript; "m" in subscript]"; below this, in another hand, also in graphite [around the II], "voi SJS.loh". Apparently inscribed on the former old mount [no longer preserved], "Berchem(?) / 0-36".
Probably Sybrand II Feitama (1694-1755), Amsterdam; Christian Josi (before 1765-1828), Amsterdam and London (no mark; see Lugt 573); Johannes Andreas Jolles (d. before 1848), Amsterdam; 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.

Watermark: countermark with letters "PD" (similar to Churchill, no. 6: 1654-79).
The drawing was reproduced as one of the 55 color facsimiles of drawings by 17th-century Dutch artists that were added by Christian Josi (before 1765-1828) to the famous collection of 45 prenttekeningen ("printed drawings") published by Cornelis Ploos van Amstel (1726-98) between 1765 and 1787.