Johannes Thopas

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Johannes Thopas
Portrait of a Woman, Facing Three-quarters Left, in an Oval
Graphite and stumping, gray wash, with some opaque white in the background of the oval, and touches of gum arabic, on vellum.
6 5/16 x 5 7/16 inches (160 x 138 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 153

The drawing forms a pendant with an oval portrait drawing of a man, also signed and dated 1654, in the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin (Inv. no. 5674).


Signed and dated, in brown ink, at lower left, "Johannes Thopas"; and at lower right, "Fecit 1654". Inscribed on the verso, in graphite, at lower center, "22"; at lower right, "fr 50-".

W. F. Piek, Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, Frederik Muller and Co., 1-2 June 1897, lot 234 (to "van Gogh" for 70 fl.); 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.
Associated names: 

Piek, W. F., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 153, repr.

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