Pieter de Molijn
Three Sledges and a Small Sled in a Winter Landscape
Black chalk and gray wash on paper; framing line in black chalk.
5 13/16 x 7 11/16 inches (148 x 196 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Signed and dated at lower right, in black chalk, "PM["P" in superscript, "M" in subscript]olyn / 1655.
Watermark: Foolscap, fragment of head. (close to Churchill, no. 337).
Probably W.H. Barnard, London; probably his sale, London, Sotheby's, 7-8 April 1893, one of two 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.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 167, repr.
Barnard, W. H., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.