Herman van Swanevelt

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Herman van Swanevelt
Visit of St. Antony the Great to St. Paul the Hermit
Pen and brown ink and wash, with opaque white, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
3 15/16 x 3 1/4 inches (100 x 83 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 214a

Inscribed on the verso, in graphite, at center right edge, "5 [in superscript] 82 ["82" in subscript]; at center, "Breemberg"; below this, "B 180"; and at lower right corner, "Wellesley Coll / 569-0417".

Rev. Dr. Henry Wellesley (1791-1866), Oxford (no mark; see Lugt 1384); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 25 June-10 July 1866, one of 30 landscapes under Breenbergh's name in lot 569 (to "Fawcett" for £1.4.0); 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.

Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 284.


Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing and III-214c, as well as III-214b, were once together in the Wellesley collection, along with another drawing whose whereabouts are unknown, all attributed to Breenbergh and all once owned by Charles Fairfax Murray.

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Breenbergh, Bartholomeus, 1599?-1657, Formerly attributed to.
Wellesley, Henry, 1791-1866, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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