Pieter de Molijn

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Pieter de Molijn
1595-1661.
Herdsmen around a Fire at Night
1655
Black chalk, gray wash, with opaque white, on paper.
5 13/16 x 7 11/16 inches (148 x 196 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 167g
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Signed and dated by the artist, at upper right, in black chalk, PM ["P" in superscript], "M" in subscript]olyn / 1655". Inscribed on the old mount, in brown ink, "uyt het Cabinet van de Hr: Bernardus Hagelis N ̊31".
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Bernardus Hagelis; his sale, Amsterdam, de Leth, 8 March 1762, lot 808: "ein Maanligje" (for 5.5 fl.); Antony Sijdervelt; his sale, Amsterdam, de Winter...IJver, 23 April 1766, lot 128 (with lot 127 to Ijver for 17.10 fl.); Daniël de Jongh Azn (d. 1810 or before), Rotterdam; his sale, Rotterdam, van Rijp...van Leen, 26 March 1810, Album F, lot 37; Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London (no mark; see Lugt 2584); his sale, London, Christie's, 16-27 June 1854, lot 912: "a landscape-moon and fire light; and the companion"; 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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Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 54, 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. 162.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 162.

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