Circle of Raphael

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Circle of Raphael
Adoration of the Magi
ca. 1520
Pen and brown ink and wash, with lead white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on paper; black framing line at bottom.
11 1/16 x 20 7/8 inches (281 x 530 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 29a


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Inscribed on verso of mount, at upper center, in pen and brown ink, "Cabinetto Ricci // Ven a / B / Fo 20 - No 18". Continues with long text, "This very capital drawing..."; at upper left corner, in graphite, "733-1-180"; at lower center, in graphite, "12"; at lower right, in graphite, "at Paris...(illegible)...(?)1750".

Sir Thomas Lawrence, London (1769-1830; Lugt 2445); Benjamin West, London (1738-1820; Lugt 419); Brooke Sale, London, Sotheby's, 20 June 1891, no. 205, "Raffaelle. The Adoration of the Magi, in pen and bistre, heightened, vide Barnard's description on the back of the drawing; from the Ricci, Mead, Barnard and West Collections" bt by Murray for £2.0.0; 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.

Watermark: two-pronged anchor in a circle.

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