School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
St. Jerome
Pen and dark brown ink, black-brown wash, with gray wash, on paper.
7 1/2 x 9 7/16 inches (191 x 240 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 222

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There are two other versions of the present composition, the first in the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the other in the private collection of H. Bowring, London.


Inscribed on the verso, at lower left, in an old hand, in black chalk, "Rembrandt"; at lower right, in a more modern hand, in graphite, "St. Jerome in a cave".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis in shield, surmounted by crown, above "4" and letters "WR", (Strasbourg lily). Lead white on drawing is visible on beta radiograph.

Dr. Edward Peart (1756/8-1824), London and Butterwick, near Gainsborough (Lugt 891); his sale, London, Christie's, 12 April 1822; Sir Charles Greville (1763-1832), English officer (Lugt 549); George Guy, 4th Earl of Warwick (1818-93), Warwick Castle (Lugt 2600); his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 May 1896, lot 302 (to Fairfax Murray for £4.4.0); 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.
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Peart, E. (Edward), 1756?-1824, former owner.
Greville, Charles, 1762-1832, former owner.
Warwick, George Guy Greville, Earl of, 1818-1893, 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, 222 (as school of Rembrandt).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 238.