Attributed to Philips Wouwerman

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Attributed to Philips Wouwerman
1619?-1668
Annunciation to the Shepherds: Luke 2:1-20
Brush and black wash, with brown wash (in horse's legs and tail), over graphite, on paper.
10 3/8 x 7 3/4 inches (264 x 197 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 199
Inscription: 
Inscribed in lower right corner, in graphite, "Pe 2 ["e" in superscript followed by "2" in subscript]"]. On the verso of the old mount, at upper left, in red ink, "No. ["o" in superscript] 4."; below this, in graphite, "1436"; at center, also in graphite, "30 19 ["30" in superscript followed by "9" in subscript]"; and below this, again in graphite, "Vouwerman".
Provenance: 
Salomon Gautier (fl. early 18th century), Amsterdam and Paris (Lugt 2977); 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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Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 199, repr.

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Watermark: none visible through lining.
A crude copy of the drawing, inscribed "J Collaert 196" and tentatively attributed to Johannes Collaert (1621/2-before 1687), is in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (Inv. no. Z 1427).

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