Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Two Mummers on Horseback
ca. 1638
Pen and brown ink and wash, with yellow and red chalks and white opaque watercolor, on paper
8 3/8 x 6 1/16 inches (212 x 153 mm); Mount: 11 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches (302 x 237 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 201

Watermark: illegible fragment visible through lining with fiber optic light.
The drawing is closely related to a drawing of a mounted horseman in the British Museum, London (Inv. no. 1859-8-6-74).


Inscribed on the old Richardson mount at upper left, in graphite, "81"; and at lower center, in Richardson's hand, in brown ink, "Rembrandt"; on the verso of the mount, at lower center, in Robinson's hand, in black ink, "J C Robinson / July 18 1893 / from Lord Aylesford Colln".

Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (1665-1745), London (Lugt 2983-4); his sale, London, Mr. Cock, 22 January-8 February (actually Wednesday, 11 February) 1746-7 [sic]; presumably Jonathan Richardson, Jr. (1694-1771), London; Thomas Hudson (1701-79), London (Lugt 2432); possibly his sale, London, Langford, 15-26 March 1779, one of three in lot 52: "The Drummers etc." (to "Mr. Willett" for £6.15.0); Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859), London and Packington Hall, Meriden, near Coventry, Warwickshire (Lugt 58); his sale, London, Christie's, 17-18 July 1893, lot 265: "Two Cavaliers on Horseback - pen and ink, slightly washed. From the Richardson and Hudson Collections." (to Robinson for £6.0.0); Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), London and Edinburgh (inscription and signature on the verso of the mount; no mark; see Lugt 1433); his sale ["Well-Known Amateur"], London, Christie's, 12-14 May 1902, lot 355 (to "Hone" 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.
Associated names: 

Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1694-1771, former owner.
Hudson, Thomas, 1701-1779, former owner.
Aylesford, Heneage Finch, Earl of, 1786-1859, former owner.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, 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, 201, repr.
Stampfle, Felice and Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann. Rembrandt Drawings from American Collections. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum; New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1960, no. 31, 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, no. 71, 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. 215.