Attributed to Ferdinand Bol

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Attributed to Ferdinand Bol
1616?-1680?
Banquet of Esther: Esther 7:1-8
Quill and reed pens and dark brown ink, brown wash, on laid paper; correction in opaque white; framing line in brown ink.
7 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches (187 x 247 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 196

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Inscribed on the verso of the cardboard lining: at upper left, in an old hand, in brown ink, "12...Rimbrant No [o in superscript]. 63"; at center, in graphite, partially obliterated, "B Mount(?)"; and at lower right, in graphite, "Sonborough".

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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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Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 196, 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. 37.

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Watermark: illegible fragment visible through lining.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669, School of, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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