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Dutch School
17th century
Watermill at the Edge of a Wood
Pen and black ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper; framing lines in brown ink.
12 x 12 7/8 inches (306 x 327 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 219
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, 219, repr. (as Jacob van Ruisdael)


Watermark: none visible through lining
The sheet is associated with a drawing in the British Museum, London, of a "Woodland Scene" that is signed with the monogram "AvC" and dated 1654 (inv. no. Oo. 10-225). On the basis of that monogram, the London drawing has been catalogued as by Adriaen van der Cabel (1631-1705). However, both the London and Morgan compositions are unlike anything else in van der Cabel's drawn oeuvre. Moreover, van der Cabel [or Kabel] usually signed "AVK (in ligature)". The correct author for both sheets is surely to be sought among other Dutch artists with the initials "AvC".

Associated names: 

Ruisdael, Jacob van, 1628 or 1629-1682, Formerly attributed to.
Waterloo, Anthonie, 1610-1690, Formerly attributed to.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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