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Copy after Samuel van Hoogstraten
The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)
Pen and brown ink, gray wash, on paper; the outlines of the figure of the angel have been scraped.
6 3/16 x 6 1/8 inches (158 x 155 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 215

On same mat with I, 221.


Inscribed in Roupell's hand, in different shades of brown ink: on the verso, at lower right corner, "RPR"; on his mount, at center, "RPR / Rembrandt / This Annunciation / From the Collections of Sir Thos Lawrence / Mr Esdaile and Mr Woodburns private / coll. 1860". This last inscription is written over a half-erased one in Roupell's hand, "The Annunciation, the Virgin / Sir T Lawrence, Esdaile, Woodburn".
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "LVG". Each individual letter placed between chain lines. Fragment of continuation of watermark visible above "V".

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (no mark; see Lugt 2445-6); William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, lot 91: "Rembrandt. The Annunciation, pen and indian ink" (with lot 92 to "Tiffin" for £0.14.0); Robert Prioleau Roupell (1798-1886), London (Lugt 2234); his sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 July 1887, lot 1074: "Rembrandt. The Annunciation. From the Esdaile, Lawrence, and Woodburn Collections" (to Fairfax Murray for £2.0.0); 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.
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Associated names: 

Eeckhout, Gerbrand van den, 1621-1674, Formerly attributed to.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669, School of, Formerly attributed to.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, 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, 215, repr. (as Rembrandt school)
Jane S. Turner, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, p. 83-84, no. 106.