Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
An Archer and a Ruler, Two Men in Long Robes
Pen and brown ink and wash, on laid paper; traces of a framing line in black chalk.
5 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches (143 x 200 mm); Decorative mount: 8 1/16 x 10 5/16 (205 x 262 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 211

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Inscribed by the artist at upper right, in brown ink, "in ongenaeden sÿnden / en werden niet / geschooren"; on the old mount at lower right, in graphite, "Coninck".; numbered on the verso, in upper right corner (upside down), in black ink, "A 22 [A underlined and superscript] [22 subscript]"; in opposite direction at lower left, in graphite, "A D [A underlined and superscript] [D in subscript]"; and further to the right, also in graphite, "9- 2 [9- superscript] [2 subscript]".

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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 211, repr. (as "ascribed to P. Koninck").
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 212.


Watermark: none visible through lining with fiber optic light.
The inscription, which translates as "those who are in disgrace [i.e. have not killed an enemy] are unshorn," is a paraphrase in Dutch of a passage from Tacitus' "Germania". It refers to a custom among the Chatti (tribal ancestors of the Dutch), whereby the young men grew their hair and remained unshaven until they had slain their first enemy in battle.

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Koninck, Philips, 1619-1688, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.