Copy after Aelbert Cuyp

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Copy after Aelbert Cuyp
1620-1691
Study of Milk Cans, Cows and a Milkmaid
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in black chalk.
5 9/16 x 7 1/2 inches (142 x 190 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 123

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Inscribed at lower right, in an old hand, in black chalk, "4"; at lower left edge, in graphite, "Acuyp". On the verso, in brown ink, at lower left, "3"; and below this, "e/".
Provenance: 
Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859), London and Packington Hall, Meriden, near Coventry, Warwickshire (Lugt 58); probably his sale, London, Christie's, 17-18 July 1893, one of three in lot 235 (as Aelbert Cuyp): "A large Bird's-eye View of a Town; and two Studies" (to Fairfax Murray for £4.10.0); 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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Watermark: none.
All of the elements of the present sheet are found, with some variations, in Cuyp's painting of the late 1640s known as the "Large Dort", in the National Gallery, London. Both of the cows appear in at least two other paintings: "Peasants and Cattle by the River Merwede" (early 1650s), also in the National Gallery, London, and "Landscape with Shepherds and Cows" (early 1650s) in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne. The standing cow that fixes its gaze at the viewer is included in two other paintings by the artist, the "Negro Page" (1645-9), in the British Royal collection, and the "Horseman with Cowherds in a Landscape" (perhaps later 1650s), in the National Gallery, London.

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