Willem van de Velde

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Willem van de Velde
A Dutch Shore Scene in a Calm, with Two Men and a Boy at the Water's Edge
Pen and black ink and wash, over graphite, on paper.
4 13/16 x 7 3/16 inches (122 x 183 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 148c

Watermark: none.


Signed with initials at lower left, in black ink, "W.V.V J". Inscribed on the verso, at upper left, in brown ink, "a/f"; at upper right, in graphite, "2 / 26". On the old mount, with Knapton code, in brown ink, at upper left, "June 5·1807 / Lot 1041"; at center, "F 15"; and at upper right, "3N / L24".

George Knapton (1678-1778), London; bequeathed by him to General George Morrison; Knapton-Morrison sale, London, T. Philipe, 25 May-3 June 1807, lot 1041: "Schuyts in hazy weather on the coast of Holland, three figures wading in the water" (to "Peters" for £14.14.0); Sir Joseph Hawley; sale, M. de Salicis ...and property of a Baronet [Sir Henry Hawley (1745-1825)], London, Christie's, 16 July 1891, one of four in lot 209 (to Fairfax Murray for £1.2.0); 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.
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Knapton, George, former owner.
Morrison, George, General, 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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