Pietro da Cortona

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Pietro da Cortona
1596-1669
Nymphs Carving on Trees
Red chalk on laid paper.
14 15/16 x 10 1/8 inches (380 x 257 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 173

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Inscribed at lower center of mount, in pen and red ink, "Carlo Cignani"; on verso, at upper right, in pen and brown ink, "N. 1. / I believe this to be of Pietro da Cortona. As for Carlo Cignani, wee [sic] have so little of him 'tis hard to judge of his hand. / J. Richardson"; at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "The 15th night / Lot 66"; at lower right, in graphite, "a true / P. da Cortona / A. Pond"; at extreme lower right, in graphite, "4 - 4 - ".

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Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); Jonathan Richardson Sr. (Lugt 2184); 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, IV, 173, repr.

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Lely, Peter, Sir, 1618-1680, former owner.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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