Inscribed at lower left, in brown ink, "I.V.Eyck". On verso, at lower left, in Goll van Franckenstein's hand, in brown ink, his number "(N.2183)", with repetition (partially trimmed), in another brown ink, in the same hand that also copied it on verso of I, 225b.
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. 8, no. 10, repr.
Watermark: hand, with cuff (cf. Briquet 11401: Grammont, 1486). Placed between chain lines, fingernail on thumb.
For centuries, this portrait and another at the Morgan (inv. I, 225b) were thought to be original self-portraits by the legendary fifteenth-century artists Jan and Hubert van Eyck. In reality, this work was probably drawn in the early sixteenth century and may depict a Jerusalem pilgrim, in which case the conspicuous line running from the man's chest to just under his ear would be an indication of his palm leaf. Although the portrait has a strong presence, the artist did not paint it after a live model but copied it after another artwork: a clue is the somewhat clumsy correction in the contour line of the man's left cheek. -- Exhibition Label, from "Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece"
Anonymous, Flemish School, 16th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Zoomer, Jan Pietersz, 1641-1724, former owner.
Aegzn, Johan van der Marck, former owner.
Greebe, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, J. (Johann), 1722-1785, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Johan, 1756-1821, former owner.
Goll van Franckenstein, Pieter Hendrik, 1787-1832, former owner.
Gruyter, former owner.
James, Miss, -approximately 1891, former owner.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, former owner.
Johnstone, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.