Jan van der Meer

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Jan van der Meer
Couple and Child with a Donkey and Flock of Sheep on the Road
Watercolor, over graphite, on paper.
9 11/16 x 7 9/16 inches (246 x 192 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 232a

Signed and dated at lower right, in point of brush and black wash, partially cut off, "J v der meer / de jonge F 16[99?]". Inscribed on the verso (visible through lining with fibre optic light), at lower left edge, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "L46 1834 WE 6ox".
Watermark: Arms of Amsterdam over letters "IS", fragment.

William Esdaile (1758-1837), London (Lugt 2617); his sale, London, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840, lot 1075: "An upright landscape, with peasants and sheep-a beautiful drawing in water colours" (to "Hogarth" for £0.8.0); 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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Vermeer, Jan, 1656-1705, Formerly attributed to.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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