Master of the St. Barbara Legend

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Master of the St. Barbara Legend
active 1470-1500
St. Barbara's Imprisonment in the Tower and Her Baptism
15th century
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on paper.
11 5/16 x 5 inches (287 x 127 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 127

Watermark: none visible through lining.
In a decorative panel. Companion piece in the Louvre shows various scenes of the Martyrdom of St. Barbara.


Inscribed at lower right, in brown ink, "Lucas van Leyden"; on verso, in Rijmsdijk's hand, in brown ink, "B 1".

Jan van Rymsdyk (c. 1720-1790), London (L. 2167); presumably his sale, London, Greenwood's, 29 March 1790; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased, through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York, 1909; his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York; by whom given to the library, 1924
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Anonymous, Flemish School, 15th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Rymsdyk, Jan van, active approximately 1770, 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. 4, no. 4, repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : drawings by the old masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 127, repr. (as Flemish, 15th cent.)