Anthony van Dyck

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Anthony van Dyck
Diana and Endymion
ca. 1625-1627
Pen and brown ink and wash, with white opaque watercolor, on blue laid paper, faded to green gray.
7 1/2 x 9 inches (190 x 228 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 240

Watermark: none.
In this vivacious drawing, van Dyck tried out two different compositions--one on the upper right and one at center--for the classical myth of Diana and Endymion. The goddess Diana, identified here by the crescent moon on her head, fell in love with the shepherd Endymion and had him cast into an eternal sleep so that she could visit and admire him every night. In the first sketch at center, with its virtuoso whirlwind of lines, van Dyck was particularly successful at simultaneously capturing the movement of the goddess's swirling draperies and Endymion's peaceful slumber. The profound influence of Italian models, including a fresco by Annibale Carracci at the Palazzo Farnese, and antique sculptures, suggests that van Dyck created this drawing while he was in Italy. -- Exhibition Label, from "Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens"

William Young Ottley (no mark; see Lugt 2662-65); possibly his sale, London, T. Philipe, 11-14 April 1804, one of four in lot 430 ("Van Dyck. Four-Narcissus, ... Studies of Heads ... and two sheets of pen sketches, one on both sides"); Samuel Woodburn (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445; not in "Lawrence Gallery: Second Exhibition", 1835); Samuel Woodburn (no mark; see Lugt 2584; Lawrence-Woodburn sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 June 1860. lot 1211 ("Dyck [A. van].-Venus supporting the dead body of Adonis-pen and bistre wash"; to Seymour for £1.4.0); presumably H. Danby Seymour (no mark; see Lugt 176); not in his sale, London, Sotheby's, 20 May 1875; Jacob de Vos Jbzn (Lugt 1450); his sale, Amsterdam, Roos, Muller ..., 22-24 May 1883, lot 145 ("Couple amoureux. Croquis à la plume sur papier bleu.-Hauteur 19 largeur 22.5 cent. Collection Sir Thomas Lawrence"; to Thibaudeau for Fl.510; Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 1227); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 15-19 June 1891, lot 546 ("Venus and Adonis, pen and bistre"; to Fairfax Murray for £4.4.0); 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.
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Ottley, William Young, 1771-1836, former owner.
Philipe, T., former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Seymour, H. Danby, former owner.
Vos Jacobszoon, Jacob de, 1803-1878, former owner.
Thibaudeau, former owner.
Haden, Francis Seymour, 1818-1910, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Tuinen, Ilona van. Power and Grace : Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2018, no. 8 (repr.)
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912 I, 240, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries and Flemish Drawings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1991, p. 122, no. 269 (repr.).
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 41, p. 90-91.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 52, repr. [Jennifer Tonkovich]

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