Paulus Potter

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Paulus Potter
Sketch of a Steer
Black chalk on paper; framing line in black chalk.
3 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches (95 x 130 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 141

Numbered on the verso, in graphite, at upper left, "7""9""7" and "10"; at center, "570"; and at lower left corner, "388".

Jacob de Vos Jbzn (1803-78), Amsterdam (Lugt 1450); his sale, Amsterdam, Roos, Muller ..., 22-4 May 1883, probably one of four in lot 359: "Animaux divers. Quatre croquis a la pierre noir."; Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), London and Arlesford (Lugt 1227); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 15-19 June 1891, lot 570: "Study of a bull, black chalk. From the De Vos Collection" (to Salting for £3.5.0); George Salting (1835-1909), London (no mark; see Lugt 2260); 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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 141, 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. 201.


Watermark: none.

Associated names: 

Vos Jacobszoon, Jacob de, 1803-1878, former owner.
Haden, Francis Seymour, 1818-1910, former owner.
Salting, George, 1835-1909, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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