Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem

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Nicolaas Pietersz Berchem
View of a River with Mountains in the Distance
Black chalk and gray wash, on paper; framing line in black chalk.
5 13/16 x 7 1/2 inches (148 x 190 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 137a

Signed and dated at upper right, in black chalk, "CPB(in ligature)erghem f. / 1654". Inscribed on the verso, at lower left corner, in black ink, "No. ["o" in superscript] 102". On the old mount, underneath the drawing, at lower right, in graphite, "8791 / h/-/-".
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,137

Unidentified eighteenth-century collector (similar, but not identical to Lugt S. 2986b); 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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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Landscape Drawings & Water-colors, Bruegel to Cézanne. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1953, no. 73.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 99,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. 16.