Jacob Matham

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Jacob Matham
1571-1631
Cimon and Iphigenia
1603-1604
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on parchment.
11 11/16 x 15 13/16 inches (297 x 402 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 159
Provenance: 
Possibly sale, The Hague, Theodorus van Duysel, 7 June 1784, lot 891; Marquis de Lagoy, Aix-en-Provence (Lugt 1710); not identifiable in his sales of 17 April and 27 May 1834; William Esdaile (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June (part III, June 20) 1840, lot 586 (with lot 587 to White for £o.6.0); sale, "J. W." [Whitehead], Munich, 19 June 1897, lot 346 (to "H." for DM 100); 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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 159.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 50, no. 80.

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Subject taken from Bocaccio, "Decameron", Novella 5:1.
For a related engraving, by Matham, which depicts the composition in reverse and is significantly smaller in size, see Lena Widerkehr, The New Hollstein (Jacob Matham), no. 200.

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Duysel, Theodorus van, -1784, former owner.
Lagoy, Jean-Baptiste de Meryan, marquis de, 1764-1829, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Whitehead, Jeffrey, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375. Decamerone.

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