Blockhauer, H. B

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Blockhauer, H. B
17th century
Country Village with Two Men Conversing
Pen and brown ink on paper; framing line in brown ink.
5 3/8 x 7 1/16 inches (136 x 179 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 247c

Signed with initials at lower right edge, in brown ink, "HB(in ligature)". Inscribed on the verso, at lower left, in graphite, "9/2".

Henri Tersmitten II, Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, de Bary and IJver, 23 September 1754, Album N, lot 637: "H.B. Blockhouwer. Deux Paÿsages, ornés de Figures, à la plume" (bt. for 4.15 fl.); Pieter Testas de Jonge (1702-84), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, de Leth, 29 March 1757, Album L, lots 633-4: "Een Landschap met de pen geteekent, door B. Blockhouer, zeer raar," and "Een dito, door denzelven"; Hendrik Busserus (1701-81), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley...Maarszen, 21ff. October 1782, Album 9, lot 571: "Twee dito dito [stuks Landschappen], met de Pen geteekend, door Blockhouwe" (bt. with lot 570 for 1.10 fl.); Johannes Ulriens van Heijnen and Jacob Helmolt (1747-1808), Amsterdam; their sale, Amsterdam, van der Vries, 11 April 1810, Album F, lot 30: "Twee rijk gestoffeerde Landschappen. Meesterlijk met de pen geteekend, door H.B. Blokhauwer" (with lot 29 to "Gruiter" for 2 fl.); 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.

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. 49, 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. 34.


Watermark: none.
Two drawings on one mat.

Associated names: 

Tersmitten, Henri, II, former owner.
Testas de Jonge, Pieter, 1702-1784, former owner.
Busserus, Hendrik, 1701-1781, former owner.
Hijnen, Johannes Ulriens, former owner.
Helmot, Jacon, 1747-1808, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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