Jacob Jordaens

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Jacob Jordaens
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.
III, 169

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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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 169.
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. 129, no. 281, repr.


Watermark: none.
Drawing is preparatory for the altarpiece in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

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Fries, Moritz, Graf von, 1777-1826, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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