Pieter de Molijn

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Pieter de Molijn
Dune Landscape with Four Travelers and a Dog Resting in the Foreground
Black chalk and gray wash, on paper; framing line in black ink.
5 13/16 x 7 5/8 inches (148 x 194 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 167d

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Faint traces of a signature at lower center, in black chalk, "Molyn".
Watermark: Foolscap with five points over "4" and three balls, fragment of bottom.

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.

The drawing is one of four versions of the scene by the artist. The others are in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and the Prentenkabinet der Rijksuniversiteit, Leiden; the fourth version was on the Paris art market in 1986.

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Associated names: 

Rigall, Edward, Dr., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, John Pierpont, 1837-1913, former owner.

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