Alonso Cano

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Alonso Cano
1601-1667
Holy Family
Pen and brown ink, and wash, over black chalk, on laid paper.
6 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches (175 x 190 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 126

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Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower left, "Cano"; in black chalk at lower edge beneath Virgin, "CANO".
Watermark: Three stacked circles surmounted by a small crown; cross in top circle with griffons on each side, possibly "W" in middle circle, letter "B" in bottom circle. Damages in paper make watermark hard to read.

Provenance: 
J.C. Robinson (Lugt 1433); 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, III, 126.

Associated names: 

Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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