Claes Cornelisz Moeyaert
1592 or 1593-1655
Unidentified Biblical Scene
Brush and gray and gray-brown wash, over black chalk, with white chalk, on blue laid paper.
9 5/8 x 14 7/16 inches (245 x 366 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Inscribed at lower edge, in brown ink, "m".
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. 157.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
While the drawing's subject-matter continues to defy identification, it may represent "Bathsheba Receiving the News of Uriah's Death" (Kings II: 11).
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.