Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
Peasant Seen from the Rear, Leaning on a Bar
Pen and brown ink, gray wash, over graphite, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
4 5/16 x 2 1/2 inches (110 x 63 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 197 (1)

Watermark: none visible through lining.

Sir Anthony Westcombe (d. 1752), Llanover (?) (Lugt 202); his cousin, Bernard Granville, Llanover (?); his descendants; sale of a descendant, London, Puttick and Simpson, 22 December 1857, probably a drawing from lots 54 (15 drawings), 55 (12 drawings), or 56 (15 drawings), all under the name of van Ostade and described as: "small sketches of figures and groups, pen and wash" (all three lots to "Hermann" for £1.19.0, £2.4.0, and £2.6.0 respectively); 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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Westcombe, Anthony, Sir, approximately 1680-1752, former owner.
Granville, Bernard, former owner.
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, III, 197(1), repr.

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