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Dutch School
17th century
Head of a Youth, his Hands Clasped in Prayer or Devotion
Red and black chalk, with opaque lead white watercolor (oxidized in places), on paper; framing line in black ink.
6 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (156 x 108 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 165
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Inscribed at lower right, in black ink, "C. Poelenburg". Numbered on the verso, at upper left, in graphite, "1033".

Provenance: 
Probably J.E. Fordham, Melbourn, near Royston, Cambridgeshire; his sale, London, Christie's, 8 August 1893, one of five in lot 32: "Head of a Man; etc." (with seven in lot 33 to Fairfax Murray for £2.2.0); 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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 165.

Notes: 

Watermark: none.
Drawing may have been executed by Jacob de Wit (1695-1754).

Associated names: 

Poelenburch, Cornelis van, approximately 1594-1667, Formerly attributed to.
Wit, Jacob de, 1695-1754, Possible attribution.
Fordham, J. E., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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