School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Christ and Four Disciples, Three Standing and One Seated
Quill and reed pen and brown ink, brown and gray-brown wash, on paper.
6 3/4 x 5 15/16 inches (171 x 151 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 221

Inscribed on the verso, in graphite: at lower center, "143"; and at lower left corner, in another hand, "B4". On the old mount, at center, in graphite, "JG" and "Geddes's Sale".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points over "4" and three balls. Two balls on hat, curls in hair.

Andrew Geddes; his sale, London, Christie's, 8-14 April 1845, one of ten in lot 335: "Ten interesting studies, by Rembrandt and his school" (to "Gibbs" for £0.12.0); James Gibbs (fl. mid-19th century), London (his initials on old mount; Lugt 1125, identified as John Gibbs); 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, 221, repr. (as school of Rembrandt)
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 121.


On same mat as I, 215.

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Associated names: 

Koninck, Philips, 1619-1688, Formerly attributed to.
Eeckhout, Gerbrand van den, 1621-1674, Formerly attributed to.
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669, Formerly attributed to.
Geddes, Andrew, former owner.
Gibbs, James, 19th cent., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.