Follower of Biagio Pupini

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Follower of Biagio Pupini
active 1511-1551,
Joseph Sold into Slavery by his Brethren
Pen and brown ink and wash, with white opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on blue paper, slightly faded.
9 5/16 x 16 inches (253 x 407 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 28
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Inscribed at lower left, in pen and brown ink, "B. italaas"?; cropped by lower edge.

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Everhard Jabach, Paris (1607/10-1695; no mark; see Lugt 2959-60); his inventory folio 81 no. 143 "Pupini - Le petit Joseph vendu par ses frères à la plume lavé et haussé sur papier bleu long de 18 sur 12 1/2 pouces"; Gerhard Michael Jabach?; his sale?, Amsterdam, 16 October 1753, lot 148, as Raphael, I Daar Joseph verkogt word, met de pen, 2 fl. to Testas for Rutgers; Duc de Tallard (no mark; see Lugt 1085); his sale, Paris, 22 March 1756, lot 211, "Raphael - Joseph vendu par ses frères. Dessin fini & bien conservé pour un des tableaux qui ont été exécutés dans les Loges du Vatican. Il vient originairement du Cabinet de M. Jabach fameux curieux & connaisseur"; G. Hoet (no mark; see Lugt 1158); his sale, 1760, lot 1 "Joseph vendu par ses fréres, Morceau Capital dessiné à la plume et un peu rehaussé de blanc, Raphaël, vient de Tallard" 95 fl. to Foucquet; A. Rutgers; sale 1778, lot 319 "Joseph door zyne Broederen aan de Ismaeliten verkogt; met de pen getekend en gewassen" 9 florins to Huslery (Huslarij); Sir Charles Greville (1763-1836), English army officer (Lugt 549); George Guy, Earl of Warwick, London (1818-1893; Lugt 2600); possibly his sale, London, Christie's, 21 May 1896, lot 297 "Various Compositions, after Raffaelle", one of three; 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, 28, repr.

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Watermark: Possibly sphere surmounted by a cross. White lead highlights and inclusions in paper make beta hard to decipher. Watermark, beta radiograph. Sphere with cross. 142565wm_IV28_Ital_WM_beta.tif

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