Herman Saftleven

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Herman Saftleven
1609-1685
View in Montfoort
Black chalk and light yellow-gray wash on laid paper; framing line in brown ink.
13 5/8 x 11 9/16 inches (345 x 293 mm)
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1958.19

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Signed with monogram at lower center edge, in black ink, "HSL (partly cut off)"; inscribed by the artist at upper center, in black chalk, "te montfoort"; on the verso, at center, in an old hand, in brown ink (now faded), "No 60".

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Acquired from P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London.
Bibliography: 

Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 167.
Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Ninth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1958 & 1959. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1959, p. 98.
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. 87, 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. 275.

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Watermark: Foolscap with seven points, and two balls on hat, over "4" and three balls. Watermark, beta radiograph. Foolscap with seven points. 128400wm1_1958_19_WM_beta.jpg
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "PC" (similar to Heawood, no. 1998: 1680). Letters between two chain lines, touching chain line at upper tip of "C", horizontal lines at top and bottom for attachment, "P" has closed top. Watermark (countermark), beta radiograph. Letters "CP". 128400wm2_1958_19_CM_beta.jpg
The drawing depicts Montfoort, a town on the Hollandse IJssel River, 8 miles west-southwest of Utrecht and must have been drawn at the same time as a view of the same group of buildings from the opposite direction, which was formerly on the Amsterdam and London art markets and is now in the collection of Mrs. John Steiner, MA.

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