Paul Bril

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Paul Bril
Wooded Ravine with Distant Harbor View
Pen and brown ink, some point of brush and brown, brown, gray and blue wash, heightened with white gouache, over traces of black chalk, on paper.
7 1/4 x 10 13/16 inches (183 x 275 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 144
Inscribed on verso of mount, in an eighteenth-century(?) hand, in faint graphite, "No 9 paul bril 36 frs".
Presumably Everhard Jabach (possibly a trace of his paraph at lower center edge; Lugt 2959-60); possibly Cabinet du Roi (i.e., Louis XIV, according to engraving by Caylus); 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.

One of the most influential Northern artists working in Rome in the late sixteenth century, Bril is credited with founding the Italianate landscape tradition perfected in the next century by Claude Lorrain. This sheet is one of only about one hundred drawings by the artist, mostly finished landscapes, that have survived. The composition may have served as the model for a painting, now lost but recorded in a photograph.


Watermark: none visible through lining, which is an old print.

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