Caspar Netscher

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Caspar Netscher
1635 or 1636-1684
Woman at a Window
Point of brush, black ink, gray, pale yellow, and light brown washes, touches of red chalk, on paper; extraneous brown ink on right sleeve; silhouetted arched section containing the figure pasted on another sheet on which the artist drew the rusticated stone arch; framing line in brown ink.
9 3/16 x 6 7/8 inches (233 x 175 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 156

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Signed at lower right of center, with point of brush and black ink, "CN(in ligature)etscher". Inscribed on the verso, at upper center, in graphite, "No[o in superscript] 1071"; at lower left corner, in graphite, "6a"; below that, in brown ink, "Ecole du Païs-Bas / Netscher"; at lower right center, in graphite, "6 / 10 / -"; and below that, in another hand, in graphite, "6629 / R / X / X".

Paignon Dijonval (1708-42), Paris; his grandson, Charles-Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vindé (1759-1842), Paris (no mark; see Lugt 2520); the collection sold in 1816 to Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Thomas Dimsdale (1758-1823), London (Lugt 2426); Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Miss James (d. c. 1891 or before), London; her sale, London, Christie's, 22-3 June 1891, lot 217; 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, I, 156.
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. 125, 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. 174.


Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing is connected with a small, historiated portrait on panel (9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches [248 x 197 mm.]), perhaps a school piece, that was formerly in the hands of Victor D. Spark in New York.

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Paignon-Dijonval, 1708-1792, former owner.
Morel de Vindé, Charles Gilbert Terray, vicomte, 1759-1842, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Dimsdale, Thomas, 1758-1823, former owner.
James, Miss, d. ca. 1891, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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