Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
Couple in an Arbor
Pen and black ink and wash, pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper; the outlines incised with a stylus; framing line in brown ink.
7 5/16 x 6 3/8 inches (186 x 161 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 128

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The drawing is connected with Adriaen van Ostade's painting of the subject, dating ca. 1670, in the British Royal collection at Buckingham Palace, London. Only the figures in the drawing may be by van Ostade, the rest of the drawing may have been completed by Cornelis Dusart (1660-1704), who took over the contents of his master's studio following his death in 1685.


Inscribed with a false monogram at lower right, in brown ink, "AV.(in ligature)o".
Watermark: Crowned double-headed eagle around shield with bear motif. (similar to Churchill, nos. 440-41: 1652-81).

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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Dusart, Cornelis, 1660-1704, Possible attribution.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 128 repr.

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