Lovers Seated by a Fountain
Black chalk and watercolor in green, ochre, gray, blue, brown, with a touch of red chalk (faces), on paper; framing line in black chalk.
Full sheet: 8 5/16 x 11 1/16 inches (210 x 297 mm); design area: 5 5/16 x 8 13/16 inches (135 x 223 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Signed at lower right, in black chalk, "D: Maas". Inscribed on the verso, at upper left corner, in graphite, "n"; and below and to the right of this, still at upper left, in red chalk, "£ 6-0".
Watermark: Fools cap with seven points over 4 and three balls. Cap with two balls.
Probably W.H. Barnard; possibly his sale, London, Sotheby's, 7-8 April 1893, one of three in lot 64: "... sketches of Landscapes with figures (3)" (to Fairfax Murray); 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, 159, repr.
Barnard, W. H., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.