"Except ye be ... as little children": Matthew 18:3
Pen and brown ink, red chalk, over black chalk, brown wash, on laid paper; several small touches of opaque white on Christ's robe and hand; traces of artist's framing line in black chalk.
7 1/4 x 6 5/16 inches (185 x 160 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Inscribed below the drawing by the artist, in brown ink, "[Ma]tt 18/1 - Het En sy dat ghy Rycke der Hemelen ontfa[nkt] / als Een Kindeken soo en suldt ghy daer niet In Comen" (a free rendering of Matthew 18:3: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven"); within the design at lower left, in another hand in black chalk, partially retraced with brown ink, "Jordaens". On verso, at lower left, in graphite, "6"; at lower right, in graphite, "12"; and in brown ink, "40".
Henry Reveley (no mark; see Lugt 1356); his sale, London, Christie's, 11-12 May 1852, lot 140 (to Bale with lot 139 for £0.14.0); Charles Sackville Bale (according to Fairfax Murray; no mark; see Lugt 640); his sale, London, Christie's, 9 June 1881, lot 2332 (to Butler for £0.16.0); 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.