Flemish School

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Flemish School
17th century
Spectators Witnessing a Procession of Horsemen, an Angel Vanquishing a Man in the Foreground
Black chalk on paper; framing lines in gray wash, gone over with red wash.
3 13/16 x 5 1/8 inches (97 x 130 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
2006.27:1-96, fol. 42(1)

Watermark: Horse and rider (cf. Heawood 2808, 2810-15: Amsterdam, 1665/7), fragment. Rider with hunting horn, saddle, reins, rider wearing hat. Watermark, beta radiograph. Horse, rider, horn.
Recueil de Dessins folio 42(1).
One of ninety-six drawings that the French architect and collector Hippolyte Destailleur apparently pasted into an empty quarto album. See also Recueil de Dessins (2006.27:1-96).


Inscribed at lower left, graphite "Van der Meulen"; on verso, in another hand, in graphite, "Van der Meulen"; on the album page, in Destailleur's hand, in graphite, "Antoine François van der Meulen. 1634 -Bruxelles".

Hippolyte Destailleur (various inscriptions in his hand but no mark; his sale, Paris, Damascène Morgand, 26-7 May 1893, lot 98 (bought in for Fr 4,300); 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.
Associated names: 

Destailleur, Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter, 1822-1893, former owner
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


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. 116, no. 257, repr.

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