Pieter de Molijn

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Pieter de Molijn
1595-1661
Family Group of Five in a Landscape with Birdcatchers
Black chalk and gray wash, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
5 13/16 x 7 11/16 inches (148 x 196 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 166

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Signed at upper right corner, in black chalk, "PM["P" in superscript, "M" in subscript]olyn. Inscribed on the verso, at lower center, in graphite, "2 / 50".
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Probably W.H. Barnard, London; probably his sale, London, Sotheby's, 7-8 April 1893, one of two (probably with I, 167) in lot 62: "P. Molyn. Sketches of landscape, washed with Indian ink (2)" (to Fairfax Murray for £3.0.0); 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.
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Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 166, 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. 167.

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