Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Bust of a Bearded Old Man in a Fur-Bordered Cap
ca. 1634-1636
Pen and brown ink, with traces of correction in opaque white at back of fur-border on cap, on paper; traces of framing line in brown ink.
3 1/16 x 2 1/2 inches (78 x 64 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 174e
Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (1665-1745), London (Lugt 2184; possibly fragment of his press mark on old lining now removed; Lugt 2983-84); William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, probably one of two (I-215) in lot 1054 (both as Rembrandt): "The Annunciation; from Sir J. Reynold's Collection; and head of an old man" (with lot 1053 to "H. & Graves" for £1.11.6); Dr. Edward Riggall, London; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-8 June 1901, one of five in lot 527: "Rembrandt van Rijn. Studies of Heads, pen and ink, from the Esdaile and other collections" (to Fairfax Murray for £42.0.0); 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.

Stampfle, Felice and Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann. Rembrandt Drawings from American Collections. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum; New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1960, no. 17, 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. 205.


Watermark: none.
This drawing and nos. I, 174a, I, 174b, I, 174c, and I, 174d have apparently been mounted together on one mat since at least 1908.

Associated names: 

Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Riggall, Edward, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.