Jacob Cats

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Jacob Cats
1741-1799
A Cow Grazing in a Field, Facing Left
1783
Black chalk on paper; framing line in black chalk.
4 7/16 x 5 1/2 inches (113 x 140 mm)
Gift of Miss Felice Stampfle.
1982.104
Inscription: 

Inscribed and dated on the verso, at lower left, by the artist, in brown ink, "N 398 inv / 1783"; and at lower center, in another hand, in graphite, "Cats".

Provenance: 
Peter Rowlands, London; Felice Stampfle (1912-2000), New York.
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 247-248.

Notes: 

Watermark: none.
The pendant drawing also in black chalk of a cow in a field facing right, inscribed by the artist on the verso, "N 399 inv / 1783", was sold in Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 21 March 1977, lot 144, and is now in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gordon, Brookline, Mass. More highly finished watercolor versions of both chalk studies are in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam (signed and dated 1783; Inv. nos. 296 and 296).

Associated names: 

Rowlands, Peter, former owner.
Stampfle, Felice, former owner.

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