Willem van Mieris

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Willem van Mieris
Point of brush and black ink, gray wash, on paper arched at the top; framing line in black ink.
6 5/8 x 4 15/16 inches (168 x 125 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 162a

Signed at lower left, in point of brush and black ink, "W. Van Mier[is] / Ao["o" in superscript] n ["n" in subscript] 1683". Inscribed on the verso, in graphite: at left center, in the hand of Ploos van Amstel, hoog "6 1/2 / bred 9 dm"; below, in another hand, "FF. N50"; and further below, in still another hand, "fih / M/ih".

Allard de la Court, Leiden; Johan van der Marck Aegzn (1707-72), Leiden (no mark; see Lugt 3001); his sale, Amsterdam, de Winter & IJver, 29ff. November 1773, Album S, lot 1721: "Een staande Flora, met een kindje; als vooren getekend [zwart kryt op Parkement]" (with lot 1722 to "J. de Bosch" for 1.10.0 fl.); Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Jb Czn (1726-98), Amsterdam (Lugt 3002); possibly his sale, Amsterdam, van der Schley...Roos, 3ff. March 1800, Album V, lot 37: "Een Herderin, staande in een Landschap; fraai met dito [O.I. Inkt] geteekend, door W. van Mieris" (to "Roos", i.e. bought in, for 3 fl.); presumably Sir Charles Greville (1762-1832), English officer (no mark; see Lugt 549); George Guy, 4th Earl of Warwick (1818-93), Warwick Castle (Lugt 2600); his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 May 1896, lot 235 (to Fairfax Murray for £2.10.0); 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.

Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 396.


Watermark: none.

Associated names: 

Court, Allard de la, former owner.
Aegzn, Johan van der Marck, former owner.
Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis, 1726-1798, former owner.
Greville, Charles, 1762-1832, former owner.
Warwiek, George Guy Greville, Earl of, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.

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