School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Joseph Interpreting the Dream of Pharaoh's Butler and Baker: Genesis 40: 5-22
ca. 1698
Reed pen and brown ink, smudged with the finger, over graphite, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
4 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches (120 x 169 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 185

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A drawing by the master from the early 1650s in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam (Inv. no. A 4529), seems to have been the point of departure for this sheet and others.


Inscribed at lower left, in brown ink, gone over with white (apparently to make the inscription less obtrusive), "Joseph explique les songes des 2 officiers de Pharaoh"; on the verso, at lower left, in graphite, "B d B / HS".
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "PC" between chan lines.

Heneage Finch, 5th Earl of Aylesford (1786-1859), London and Packington Hall, Meriden, near Coventry, Warwickshire (no mark; see Lugt 58); his sale, London, Christie's, 17-18 July 1893, lot 254: "Various Sketches, in pen and ink. 5" (to Robinson for £1.5.0); possibly Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), London and Edinburgh (no mark; see Lugt 1433); 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.
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Aylesford, Heneage Finch, Earl of, 1786-1859, former owner.
Robinson, 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, 185, 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. 229.