Attributed to Aelbert Cuyp

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Attributed to Aelbert Cuyp
1620-1691
View of Gorinchem
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in black ink.
4 3/16 x 9 inches (106 x 228 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 121

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Inscribed on the verso, in Esdaile's hand, in black ink: at center, "A View of Dort-by A. Cuyp"; at lower right, "WE(erased) 1807 - Trowards collection P 26(crossed out and changed to "35"). N...84". Esdaile's initials have been scraped away from the right corner of the recto and at the beginning of the inscription at the left corner on the verso.

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Trowards (according to the inscription on the verso); Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (Lugt 2445); William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, one of two in lot 911: "Two river scenes" (to "H. & Graves" for £2.10.0); 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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, no. 121, repr. (as possibly representing Dort).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 53.

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Watermark: none.

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Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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