Veneration of the Eucharist. Verso: Nude Female Figures
Point of brush and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk on paper; paper slightly extended by the artist at top and bottom; reinforced later with another small strip covering part of the Von Fries dry stamp; the lower edge of the robe of the bishop at the right is a later addition in graphite and black ink; laid down by the artist on two strips of heavier paper on which he had previously sketched the nude female figures in black chalk.
8 5/16 x 6 13/16 inches (211 x 173 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
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Inscribed on verso by the artist, in brown ink, now concealed by later reinforcement, but visible with fiber-optic light: "5 1/4 elles brabant ... / 3 1/4 elles brabant breet".
Count Moriz von Fries (Lugt 2903); 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.
Drawing is preparatory for the altarpiece in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.