School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Man Kneeling in Prayer
Pen and brown ink and wash, over red chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
4 1/2 x 3 13/16 inches (115 x 97 mm)
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1910.
I, 214a

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On mat with I, 214.


Inscribed at lower left corner, in graphite, "Konink"; at lower right corner, in brown ink, partially obliterated, "Eckhoŭt; and below this, in red chalk, "176". Inscribed on the old mount, at lower right, possibly in the hand of William Sharp, in brown ink, "Eckhout+".
Watermark: Shield surmounted by a crown, fragment (similar to Heawood, nos. 2842-3: 1649 and 1648). Beta radiograph shows two layers of paper, partly obscuring the watermark.

William Sharp (fl. mid-19th century), Manchester (his initials on the verso; Lugt 2650); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 1 March 1878, lot 43: "Gerbrand van den Eeckhout. A Saint praying...fine" (to Riggall for £0.2.0); Dr. Edward Riggall, London; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-8 June 1901, lot 507: "Dusart...; others by Eeckhout, Goltzius, etc. 16" (to Fairfax Murray for £4.5.0); Charles Fairfax Murray, London; from whom purchased in 1910 by J. Pierpont Morgan (no mark; see Lugt 1509).
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Eeckhout, Gerbrand van den, 1621-1674, Formerly attributed to.
Sharp, William, active mid-19th century, former owner.
Riggall, Edward, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.