Jan van der Meer

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Jan van der Meer
Italianate Landscape with Flocks on a Road near a Ruin Footing a Mountain
Black chalk, point of brush and black ink and wash, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
11 1/2 x 16 3/16 inches (291 x 412 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 231

Signed and dated at lower right center, in black chalk, "J v der meer / de jonge 1687".
Watermark: Foolscap with seven points, over "4" and three balls (similar to Heawood, no. 2044: 1687), three balls are distorted, with top ball separated from lower two, cap with two balls.

William Mayor (1826-1892), London (Lugt 2799); 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, III, 231, repr.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 151.

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Vermeer, Jan, 1656-1705, Formerly attributed to.
Mayor, William, 1826-1892, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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