Pieter de Molijn

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Pieter de Molijn
Cottage amid Clump of Trees at the Edge of a Road, with Three Figures
Black chalk and gray wash, on paper; framing line in black chalk.
5 15/16 x 8 inches (151 x 203 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 167c

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Signed and dated at upper left, in black chalk, "PM["P" in superscript, "M" in subscript]olyn / 16[3?]4". Numbered at upper right, in graphite, "124". Inscribed on the verso (visible through thin lining): at upper left, "124"; and at lower center, in the same as that which inscribed the verso of III, 167b, "Molyn".
Watermark: Coat of arms, fragment of top.

Probably Dr. Edward J. Riggall, London; probably his sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-8 June 1901, one of seven in lot 521: "P. Molyn. Studies of landscape, mostly signed (7)" (to Fairfax Murray for £7.0.0); 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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Associated names: 

Riggall, Edward, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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