Karel la Fargue

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Karel la Fargue
View of Leiden from the Water
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in brown ink.
11 11/16 x 19 1/16 inches (294 x 484 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 171

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Watermark: none visible through lining.
Drawing is a copy after Jan van Goyen's (1596-1656) signed and dated composition of 1651, last known to have been in the collection of Sir Audley Neeld, Grittleton House, near Chippenham, Wiltshire.


Inscribed at lower center, on the side of the large boat, in black chalk, "VG 1651"; and in lower right corner, adjoining Esdaile's initials and possibly also in his hand, in brown ink, "89". Inscribed on the verso, in lower left corner, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "1834 WE 80x"; immediately following, possibly also in Esdaile's hand, in graphite, from "St ["t" in superscript] Thos ["s" in superscript] Lawrence's colln ["n" in superscript]; at lower center, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "Van Goyen"; and numbered in graphite, at lower left, "3629"; and at lower center, "7".

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (according to inscription on the verso; no mark; see Lugt 2445-6); William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, lot 914: "A large river scene, with boats, and cattle watering" (to "White" for £0.7.0); possibly Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London (no mark; see Lugt 2584); possibly Lawrence-Woodburn sale, London, Christie's, 4-8 June 1860, one of nine in lot 449: "Landscapes and river scenes, by Van Goyen, etc." (to "Enson" for £0.12.0) or 12-14 June 1860, one of five in lot 1233: "A village fair; and various landscape and river scenes" (to "Roupell" for £0.14.0); Robert Prioleau Roupell (1798-1886), London (no mark; see Lugt 2234); his sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 July 1887, or Frankfurt, Prestel, 6 December 1888; Richard Fisher (1809-90), Hill Top, Midhurst, Sussex (according to Fairfax Murray; no mark; see Lugt 2204-5); 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.
Associated names: 

Goyen, Jan van, 1596-1656, Copy after.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Fisher, Richard, 1809-90, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 171, repr. (as Van Goyen).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 394.

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