Circle of Adam Frans van der Meulen

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Circle of Adam Frans van der Meulen
Cavalry outside a Besieged City
Black and red chalk on paper; outlines incised with the stylus.
16 x 23 3/4 inches (403 x 590 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 249a

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Watermark: sun face with thirteen rays; partly legible countermark with letters "IMI" separated by hearts within a cartouche (cf. Heawood 3898; Briquet under soleil).


Lettered at lower left, in graphite, "VAN DER MEULEN". Inscribed on verso, at upper left, in an old hand, in graphite, "Vandermeulen No. 64"; in lower right corner, in graphite, "Vandermeulen"; numbered in left corner, "36".

Sir Charles Greville (1763-1836), English army officer (Lugt 549); George Guy, fourth Earl of Warwick (Lugt 2600); his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 May 1896, one of two in lot 231 (with acc. no. I, 249; to Fairfax Murray for £3.5.0); 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.
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Greville, Charles, 1762-1832, former owner.
Warwick, George Guy Greville, Earl of, 1818-1893, 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. 135, no. 291, repr.