Herman van Swanevelt

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Herman van Swanevelt
Joseph Recounting his Dreams to his Brethren: Genesis 37: 5-10
Pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper; traces of framing line in brown ink on right edge.
7 5/8 x 10 9/16 inches (195 x 269 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 270

Watermark: Anchor in circle (similar to Heawood, no. 7: Paris, 1672).

William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (no mark; see Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 23 June 1840, one of two in lot 935: "Swaneveldt. A pair with the history of Joseph and his brethren; in bistre" (to "Tiffin" for £5.5.0); Samuel Woodburn (1786-1853), London (no mark; see Lugt 2584); his sale, London, Christie's, 16-27 June 1854, lot 880: "The companion" [i.e. to lot 879: "A Classical landscape, with the merchant buying Joseph of his brethren--bistre. From the Esdaile Collection"] (to "Mayor" for £2.15.0); Sir William Richard Drake (1817-90), London and Oatlands Lodge, Weybridge, Surrey (Lugt 736); his sale, London, Christie's, 24-5 May 1892, lot 406: "Claude. A Landscape, with Joseph and his brethren" (to Fairfax Murray for £11.11.0); 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, 270.
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. 63, repr. (as van Swanevelt).
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 282.


The artist's series of frescoes of "The Story of Joseph" in the Sala di Giuseppe in the Palazzo Pamphilj, Piazza Navona, Rome served as the direct prototype for the drawing as well as the drawing of "Joseph Sold into Slavery by his Brethren" now in the Prentenkabinet at Leiden University.

Associated names: 

Lorrain, Claude, 1600-1682, Formerly attributed to.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Drake, William Richard, Sir, 1817-1890, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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