Esaias van den Velde

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Esaias van den Velde
1587-1630
Two Men before Thatched Farmhouses with a Wattled Fence
1616
Pen and brown ink and brown wash, with gray wash, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
5 15/16 x 7 7/8 inches (150 x 200 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 117
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Signed and dated at lower right, in brown ink, "EʺVV(in ligature)ELDE · 1616".

Provenance: 
Possibly W.H. Barnard, Esq.; possibly his sale, London, Sotheby's, 7-8 April 1893, one of six in lot 52: "E. van de Velde. Sketches of landscapes in black chalk, pen and ink, etc. (6)" (to Fairfax Murray); 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, I, 117, 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, under no. 50.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 305.

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Watermark: none?.
Although only this drawing is dated (1616), the somewhat similar style, technique and format of I, 117a suggests that the two may have been intended as pendants (though the former is in a slightly lighter shade of brown ink).

Associated names: 

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

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