Herman van Swanevelt

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Herman van Swanevelt
1603-1655
Clump of Trees
Pen and brown ink, point of brush, black and brown washes, over black chalk, on paper.
9 3/8 x 7 1/8 inches (238 x 182 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 228e

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Inscribed on the verso, in brown ink, at bottom, "Swaenvelt del"; upside down at bottom, "No ["o" in superscript] 48" (effaced). On the old mount, with Knapton code, in brown ink, in center, "T-[or F] 25"; at upper left, "1072" (crossed out in graphite in another hand and changed to "1657"); and at upper right, "3N / L83".

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George Knapton (1698-1778), London; bequeathed by him to General George Morrison; Knapton-Morrison sale, London, T. Philipe, 25 May-3 June 1807, lot 1072 (to Miss Georgina Morrison for £12.12.0); Miss Georgina Morrison; Sir Joseph Hawley; sale, M. de SalicisÖand property of a Baronet [Sir Henry Hawley (1745-1825)], London, Christie's, 16 July 1891, one of four in lot 204; 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: 

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. 64, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, under no. 340.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 283.

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Watermark: none.
This particular group of trees appears, in reverse, in the artist's print "Landscape with Venus and Adonis", no. 4 in a series dated 1654.

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Knapton, George, 1698-1778, former owner.
Morrison, George, General, former owner.
Morrison, Georgina, former owner.
Hawley, Joseph Henry, Sir, 1813-1875, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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