Pietro da Cortona
Dawn. Design for a Ceiling
Pen and brown ink and wash, over red chalk, and black chalk, on laid paper.
16 3/4 x 7 inches (425 x 178 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
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Inscribed at lower right, in pen and black ink, "P. da Cortona"; on verso of mount, in pen and brown ink, "Y // J: B No[o superscript] 479 / 16 3/4 by 7. // 148"; at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "The Subject of the invention...[cut off] / Drawing seems to be Day Driving...[cut off] / away. // the 18th[th superscript] night / Lot 49 // price.".
Jonathan Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2184); John Barnard, London (verso: Lugt 1419; verso: Lugt 1420); possibly his sale, London, Greenwood, 16 February 1787; Sir Joshua Reynolds (Lugt 2364); 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.