Anthony van Dyck

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Anthony van Dyck
The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine. Verso: Reclining Male Torso, Seen from the Back
ca. 1618-1620
Pen and brown ink and wash, on laid paper; verso: pen and brown ink and wash.
6 3/16 x 9 1/4 inches (158 x 235 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 245a

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Inscribed, by the artist, in opposite direction, illegibly, in Flemish, in lower left corner, in brown ink, and repeated by other hands in black chalk and brown ink; at lower right, in a later hand, in graphite, "Vandick". Inscribed on verso, in Roupell's hand, in graphite, "357 Lawrence / Woodburn 18 / Bot by me at Morants 1862"; numbered, at lower right corner, "10". Inscribed on the mount, in Roupell's hand, in graphite, "A. van Dyck / "Marriage of St. Catherine." / no. 6 In the Lawrence Gallery exhib. 1835. / Norblin Coll. Morants"; in another hand, "(Bought by Mr. Roupell at Morant's sale)".

Jean-Pierre Norblin de la Gourdaine (1745-1830), Paris; Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445, scarcely visible in lower left corner); Samuel Woodburn (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Lawrence-Woodburn sale, London, Christie's, 4-8 June, 1860, lot 357 (to Morant for £1.10.0); George J. Morant (no mark; see Lugt 1823); his sale, London, Foster, 9-16 April 1862, lot 226 (to Roupell); Robert Prioleau Roupell (no mark; see Lugt 2234); his sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 July 1887, lot 1198 (to Riggall for £0.12.0); Dr. Edward Riggall, London; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-8 June 1901, lot 544 (to Fairfax Murray for £14.0.0); 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.

Tuinen, Ilona van. Power and Grace : Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens. New York : Morgan Library & Museum, 2018, no. 7 and page 59, fig. 27 (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. 121, no. 268, repr.


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Princess Catherine of Alexandria was martyred for refusing to marry Emperor Maxentius on the grounds that she had already given herself in marriage to Christ. In this impetuous pen sketch with selectively washed passages, van Dyck depicted Catherine solemnly presenting her right hand to the Christ child seated on Mary's lap. This is one of seven compositional drawings that relate to van Dyck's majestic painting of the subject at the Prado in Madrid of ca. 1618-20; it was common for the artist to use many preparatory drawings at this early stage of his career. -- Exhibition Label, from "Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens"

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Norblin de la Gourdaine, Jean-Pierre, 1745-1830, former owner.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Morant, George J., active approximately 1860-65, former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Riggall, Edward, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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