School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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School of Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Tobias Receiving his Father's Blessing: "Apocrypha", Book of Tobias, Chap. 5
Pen and brown ink, heavy brown wash throughout, a few corrections in opaque white, such as in the contour of the angel's face, on paper; traces of framing line in brown ink.
5 9/16 x 10 7/16 inches (142 x 266 mm), arched top
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 193

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Watermark: none visible through lining with fiber optic light.
The drawing is a close copy by an unidentified Rembrandt pupil after another school drawing in the Fodor collection, Amsterdams Historisch Museum (Inv. no. A 10284). Another, less accurate copy is in the Biblioteca Reale, Turin (Inv. no. 16439).


Inscribed at lower left, in brown ink, "a/"; on the verso of the old mount: at upper center, in graphite, "6f / 6.16.6"; at center, possibly in Reveley's hand, in brown ink, "Out of Lord Sommer's, Mr. Hudson's & Sr ["r" in superscript]. Josh. Reynold's Collectn ["n" in superscript]."; below this, in Robinson's hand (and continuing the sequence of inscriptions in brown ink), in graphite, "& Reveley / I had it from Reveley / JCR"; and further below, "no finer Rembrandt / drawing / exists / JCR"; above the ink inscription, also in Robinson's hand, in graphite, "date, I think about 1650; and signed at lower left, in black ink, JC Robinson".

John, Lord Somers (possibly the small "a" inscribed at lower left is the collector's mark of either Padre Resta or Lord Somers, the latter having acquired the Resta collection en bloc; see Lugt and Lugt S. 2981); Thomas Hudson (1701-79), London (Lugt 2432); Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92), London (Lugt 2364); Henry Reveley (1737-98), Bryn y Gwin, North Wales (Lugt 1356); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 21 April 1884, lot 155 (to "Thibaudeau" for £15.10.0); Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), London and Edinburgh (mark barely discernible in gold border at lower left; 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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Somers, John Somers, Baron, 1651-1716, former owner.
Hudson, Thomas, 1701-1779, former owner.
Reynolds, Joshua, Sir, 1723-1792, former owner.
Reveley, Henry, 1737-1798, 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, 193, repr. (as 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. 233.