Ascribed to Jan Both

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Ascribed to Jan Both
Wayfarer on a Winding Road in an Italianate Landscape
Pen and brown ink, gray wash, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
7 11/16 x 7 5/16 inches (195 x 186 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 191

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Inscribed at lower right corner, in brown ink, "Bot[h]". Inscribed on the verso, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink: at lower center, "WE(in ligature)sdaile"; at lower left corner, "1831 WE. N 40x" and "Both". Numbered in graphite: at upper center, "23b[or 6 or c]"; and at lower left corner, "900".
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "PR" (similar to Heawood, no. 3069: London); Letters centered between chain lines, touching at bottom serif. Letters "PR", placed between chain lines.

William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, either lot 796: "An upright Italian landscape" (to "Buchanan" for £2.15.0) or lot 800: "An upright landscape; pen and indian ink" (with lot 799 to "Sheath" for £0.19.0); Charles Sackville Bale (1791-1880), London (Lugt 640); his sale, London, Christie's, 9-14 June 1881, lot 2255: "An Upright Landscape, with a figure on the road. Signed. From Esdaile's collection" (to "Knowles" for £4.4.0); 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.
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Associated names: 

Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Bale, Charles Sackville, 1791-1880, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 191, 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. 39.

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