Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

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Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Adoration of the Magi: Matthew 2:1-11
Pen and brown ink, brown and gray wash, white opaque watercolor, black and red chalk, and graphite, on paper.
6 1/4 x 6 inches (158 x 152 mm)
Purchased on the Fellows Fund.

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The drawing served as a study for van den Eeckhout's painting of the Adoration of the Magi of 1665 in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.


Inscribed on the verso, at left side, in brown ink, four ruled vertical lines; label at lower left corner, with printed number, "228" (underlined in red); and numbered at lower right, in graphite, "30".

Possibly Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston (1739-1802), Broadlands, near Romsey, Hampshire, and London; possibly his son, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865), Broadlands and London; possibly his widow, Mary (née Clavering), Lady Palmerston (d. 1869), Broadlands; possibly her grandson, the Rt. Hon. Evelyn Ashley (1836-1908), Broadlands; possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 24 April 1891, one of five (with Cat. no. XX [I-199-MAE] in lot 147: "Eeckhout. The Nativity; and a Young Woman Sleeping"; Alfred Beurdeley (1847-1919), Paris (Lugt 421); his sixth sale, Paris, Petit-Brame, 9 June 1920, lot 165, repr.; André Beurdeley, Paris; sale, Paris, Palais Galliéra, 20 June 1961, lot 13, repr.; Jacques Petit-Horry, Paris; acquired from R.M. Light and Co., Boston.
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Temple, Henry, Viscount Palmerston, 1739-1802, former owner.
Temple, Henry John, Viscount Palmerston, 1784-1865, former owner.
Temple, Mary, Lady Palmerston, d. 1869, former owner.
Ashley, Evelyn, 1836-1907, former owner.
Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.
Beurdeley, André, former owner.
Petit-Horry, Jacques, former owner.


Frits Lugt, Musée du Louvre, Inventaire général des dessins des Écoles du Nord, École Hollandaise, III: Rembrandt, ses eĺèves, ses imitateurs, ses copistes, Paris, 1933, 41 under no. 1225.
Werner Sumowski, "Gerbrand van den Eeckhout als Zeichner," Oud Holland, LXXVII, 1962, 19, fig. 26.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Sixteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969-1971. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, p. 112.
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.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 74.