Willem van Mieris

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Willem van Mieris
The Golden Age: Ovid, "Metamorphoses", I:89-150
Point of brush and black ink and wash, over graphite, on laid paper; framing line in graphite.
5 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (146 x 188 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 162

Signed and dated at the lower right center, in black ink, "W.V. Mieris Fecit. Ano ["o" in superscript] 1689". Inscribed on the verso: at upper center, in large script, in brown ink, "Mansell"; at lower left corner, in fine script, in black ink, "James No ["o" in superscript] 1"; and at lower center, in graphite, "7".
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "IV", between chain lines.

Probably Frans van de Velde, Amsterdam; probably his sale, Amsterdam, 16 January 1775, Album C, lot 171: "Een rustende Diana, in een landschap; fraai en zeer uitvoerig gewasschen. Met O.I. Inkt. H. 5 3/4 B. 7 duim [=148 x 180 mm.]" (to "van den Berg" for 1.5 fl.); Mansell; Miss James [?]; 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.
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Velde, Frans van de, former owner.
Mansell, former owner.
James, Miss, d. ca. 1891, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 162, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 397.

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