Inscribed at lower left, in graphite, partially cut off, "...d v. deVelde". On the verso: at upper left, in graphite, "X57·F."; next to this, in another hand, also in graphite, "Schelling=1/4 041F ="; next to this, in another hand, in brown ink, "Hs(?)2" ["s" in superscript]; and at lower center, in graphite, "23".
Watermark: Letters "IHS" surmounted by a cross (similar to Heawood, no. 2957: Dutch, late seventeenth century), cross extending from crossbar of "H", centered between two chain lines, with "I" on chain line (Christogram).
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 227, repr. (as Adriaen van de Velde).
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 109 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. 64.
Dujardin's portrait drawings are relatively few and far between. This likeness relates closely to a self-portrait of the artist, dated 1658, now at the British Museum in London. The prominence of the left hand (or possibly the artist's right hand, seen in the mirror) seems to suggest that this, too, could indeed be a self-portrait. -- Exhibition Label, from "Life Lines: Portrait Drawings from Dürer to Picasso."
Velde, Adriaen van de, 1636-1672, Formerly attributed to.
Barnard, W.H., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.