After Nicolò dell' Abate

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After Nicolò dell' Abate
approximately 1509-1571
Procession of Figures in a Landscape Below a High Bank
after 1552
Pen and brown ink, brown and gray wash, with opaque lead white watercolor (partially oxidized), over black chalk, on light brown laid paper.
8 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (223 x 188 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.

Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink: "d'apres Parmens"; on verso, in pen and brown ink: "Parmens".

Armand Francois Louis de Mestral de St. Saphorin, Switzerland; Alfred Bovet, Switzerland; Eugène Burnand (1850-1921), Paris (Lugt S. 314d); purchased in Geneva in 1972 by János Scholz (1903-1993), New York (see Lugt Suppl. 2933b).

The Morgan’s drawing corresponds to the lower right-hand part of a much larger sheet in the British Museum, which is also classified as a copy after Niccolò dell’Abbate.1 A drawing in the Göteborg Kunstmuseum appears to be the original from which the British Museum sheet was copied.2


  1. British Museum, London, inv. 1950-4-1-6.
  2. Göteborg Kunstmuseum, Gothenburg, inv. Hdt 23/1915; Turner, in Modena 2005, 372-73, no. 153.

Selected references: Scholz 1976, 14, no. 39 (as Nicolò dell'Abate); Fellows Report 1981, 173 (as Nicolò dell'Abate); Turner, in Modena 2005, 372-73, under no. 153 (as copy after Nicolò dell'Abate).
Scholz, Janos. Italian Master Drawings, 1350-1800, from the János Scholz Collection. New York : Dover, 1976, no. 39, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 173.


Watermark: none.

Associated names: 

Saint-Saphorin, Armand-François-Louis de Mestral de, 1738-1805, former owner.
Bovet, Alfred, b. 1859, former owner.
Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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