Willem Romeyn

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Willem Romeyn
ca. 1624-1694
Cattle, Goats, and Sheep in a Stream
Point of brush, black and gray washes, over black chalk, on paper; accents throughout in black chalk; framing line in brown ink.
11 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches (298 x 388 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 216
Inscription: 

Signed at lower right, in black chalk, partially cut off, "WR(in ligature)OMEY..."; inscribed on the verso, at upper right corner, in an old hand, in brown ink, "45P(?) ["P" in superscript]".

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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.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 216, repr.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, no. 111, 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. 259.

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Watermark: none.
The drawing is related to, and no doubt preceded, the signed painting of the subject, previously in the collection of F.C. Butôt and now in the Lugt collection, Institut Néerlandais, Paris (Inv. no. 1975-S.3).

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