Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
Two Men and a Woman Eating and Drinking
Pen and brown ink, watercolor in gray, brown, green, violet, blue, yellow, red and pink, over graphite, on paper; framing line in brown ink and narrow gold edge.
5 1/2 x 4 11/16 inches (140 x 119 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 132

An undated preparatory sketch, in pen and brown ink and gray wash, for this finished watercolor is in the British Museum, London. The version of the subject in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin is a copy of the Morgan drawing.


Signed and dated at upper right, in brown ink, "Av. (in ligature) Ostade 1673".
Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam, fragment (similar to Heawood, no. 347: 1676).

Herman de Kat van Oost-en West-Barendrecht (1784-1865), Dordrecht; his sale, Rotterdam, Lamme, 4 March 1867, lot 190 (bought in for 225 fl.); C.J. Nieuwenhuys (1799-1883), Brussels, Belgium, and Oxford Lodge, Wimbledon, England; his sale, London, Christie's, 15 July 1887, lot 31 (with lots 30 [I, 133] and 32 for £10.12.0); 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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Kat van Oost-en West West-Barendrecht, Herman de, 1784-1865 former owner.
Nieuwenhuys, C. J., 1799-1883, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 189.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 132.

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