Netherlandish School

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Netherlandish School
15th century
Kneeling Lady
Pen and two shades of brown ink, with black chalk, on paper.
9 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches (242 x 186 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 227

Watermark: none visible through lining.
This striking drawing of a gracefully kneeling lady relates to the work of Hugo van der Goes, who had a short but successful career in Ghent in the 1470s. The mechanical contour lines of the drapery indicate that, like so many other early drawings, this is a copy. The delicate, layered hatching lines in the lady's face, however--typical of Hugo's drawing style--betray the copyist's intimate knowledge of his work and suggest he trained in his workshop. It is likely that the prototype, and perhaps also this copy, served as a model for a female saint in paintings or miniatures. -- Exhibition Label, from "Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece"

Sir Charles Greville (1763-1836), English army officer (Lugt 549); George Guy, fourth Earl of Warwick (Lugt 2600); his sale, Christie's, 20-21 May 1896, lot 153 (Hugo van der Goes; to Colnaghi for £33.0.0); 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.
Associated names: 

Goes, Hugo van der, 1435?-1482, School of, Formerly attributed to.
Anonymous, Flemish School, 15th cent., Formerly attributed to.
Greville, Charles, 1762-1832, former owner.
Warwick, George Guy Greville, Earl of, 1818-1893
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. 3, repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : drawings by the old masters formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 227, repr. (as Flemish School, 15th cent.)

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