Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
1610-1685
Four Peasants Smoking and Drinking
1636
Pen and brown ink and wash, over graphite, on paper; some later hatching at left center in graphite; framing line in graphite (or black chalk).
7 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches (190 x 159 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 126
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Signed and dated at lower right, in brown ink, "Av(in ligature) ostade / 1636". Inscribed on the verso, at upper margin, in brown ink, "...-:g:".

Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, no. 126, repr.
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, 88, 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. 176.

Notes: 

Watermark: fleur-de-lis within a shield, surmounted by a crown (similar to Heawood, no. 1721a: Schieland, 1614).

Associated names: 

Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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