Netherlandish School

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Netherlandish School
16th century
Battle Scene
Pen and brown ink; a few touches of gray-brown wash, perhaps added later, on paper.
8 11/16 x 15 7/8 inches (205 x 402 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 134

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Inscription: 

Inscribed at lower left, in graphite, "6B"[or "b/3"]; at lower right, in brown ink, "L. Craane". On verso, at upper left, in graphite, "1004"; somewhat below, "287"; at lower left corner, "Pe..."; at lower right, "6/2" ["2" subscript], and below, "L. Cranach"; at lower left, in Esdaile's hand, in brown ink, "Bot at Daulby Sale-Aug. 16 1799 / Lot 6-2"; in left corner, in another hand, in brown ink, "Lucas Craane".

Provenance: 
Daniel Daulby (no mark; see Lugt S. 736a); his sale, Liverpool, T. Vernon, 16 August 1799, one of two in lot 6 (Luca Kranach); William Esdaile (no mark, but inscription on verso is in his hand; see Lugt 816; not located in any of his sales); 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.
Bibliography: 

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. 6, no. 5, repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : drawings by the old masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 134, repr. (as Lucas Cranach)

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Watermark: sun with light rays surmounted by a crown (cf. Briquet 13911).

Associated names: 

Cranach, Lucas, 1472-1553, Formerly attributed to.
Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Jacob, 1472?-1533, Formerly attributed to.
Anonymous, German School, 15th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Anonymous, German School, 16th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528, School of, Formerly attributed to.
Daulby, Daniel, former owner.
Vernon, T., former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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