Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Forequarters of an Elephant
ca. 1637
Black chalk on paper (Counterproof); traces of framing line in graphite.
7 5/8 x 7 7/16 inches (194 x 189 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 205

The drawing is related to the signed and dated black chalk study of an elephant in the Albertina, Vienna (Inv. no. L.174). Two further undated drawings of elephants in the same technique are in the British Museum, London (Inv. no. Gg.2-259), and a second study in the Albertina (Inv. no. 8900). The elephant included in Rembrandt's etching of "Adam and Eve", dated 1638, is thought to have been based on these studies from life.


Inscribed on the verso, in graphite, at upper center, "1637"; and at lower center, "No 13".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points over number 4 and three balls (similar to Heawood, no. 2003).

George Salting (no mark; see Lugt 2260-61); 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.
Associated names: 

Salting, George, 1835-1909, 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, I, 205, repr.
Stampfle, Felice and Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann. Rembrandt Drawings from American Collections. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum; New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1960, no. 27, 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. 213.