Attributed to Philips Koninck

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Attributed to Philips Koninck
Distant View of a Town on a Hill across Wheat Fields
Pen and brown ink and wash, watercolor in ochre and red, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
5 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches (145 x 200 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 220

Inscribed on the verso, at lower left edge: in brown ink, "i96"; next to this, in another hand, in purple pencil, "N 270" [i.e. the lot number in the de Vos sale]; and above this, in another hand, in black chalk, 20 ["20" in superscript] 0 ["0" in subscript].

Bernardus de Bosch (1742-1816), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley, Vries, 10 March 1817, Album E, lot 5: "Philip Konig. Een vlak landschap met graanladen en van water door sneden en hebbende een uitgestrekt verschiet; ...h. 5 5/8, br. 7 3/4 d." (to "Jeronimo de Vries" bought in for 275 fl.); Hendrik Harmen Klijn (1773-1856), Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, Roos...Engelberts, 27 May 1856, lot 24 (to "de Vries" for 40 fl.); Jacob de Vos Jbzn (1803-78), Amsterdam (Lugt 1450); his sale, Amsterdam, Roos, Muller..., 22-4 May 1883, lot 270 (as Phillipe de Konig): "Paysage dans la Gueldre" (to "van Gogh" for 330 fl.); Willem Frederik Piek (1838-1916), Oudshoorn; his sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller and Co., 1-2 June 1897, lot 146 (to "van Gogh" for 150 fl.); 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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 220, repr. (as Lambert Doomer, with note that it had been attributed to Philips Koninck).
Kruse, 1920, p. 99 (mentions Koninck, but seems to have Abraham Furnerius in mind).
Hofstede de Groot and Spies, 1926-7, p. 196, fig. 20 (as Doomer).
Gerson, 1936, pp. 66, 145, no. Z.67 (as Koninck, c. 1663).
Sumowski, Drawings, 1982, VI, no. 1485x, repr. (as Koninck, second half of the 1640s), and under no. 1484.
Exhibition, New York, 1953, no. 72 (as Koninck).
Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, 1976, no. 34, repr. (as Koninck, late 1660s).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 120.


Watermark: none.
The drawing is one of a group of at least ten drawings similar in format and painstakingly executed in pen and brown ink with touches of watercolor, depicting for the most part panoramas of wide wheat fields bordering rivers and canals. The related drawings are located in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; the Koniklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels; the Teyler Museum, Haarlem [2]; the Louvre, Paris [2]; the Institut Néerlandais, Paris; and Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Associated names: 

Doomer, Lambert, 1622 or 1623-1700, Formerly attributed to.
Bosch, Bernardus de, 1742-1816, former owner.
Klijn, Hendrik Harmen, 1773-1856, former owner.
Vos Jacobszoon, Jacob de, 1803-1878, former owner.
Piek, Willem Frederik, 1838-1916, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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