Pieter Pourbus

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Pieter Pourbus
Virgin and Child Enthroned between St. Luke and St. Eloy
Pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper.
11 13/16 x 10 1/4 inches (300 x 260 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
II, 78

Watermark: (visible through lining, with fiber-optic light): tankard, with two bands, letters, and trefoil (variant of Briquet 12631-32; cf. also 12724).
After a banner painted by Lancelot Blondeel in 1545 for the Guild of Painters and Saddlers of Bruges.


Dated at the base of the throne, by the artist, in pen, "1552".

Sir John Charles Robinson (according to Fairfax Murray; no mark; see Lugt 1433); 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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Blondeel, Lancelot, 1498-1561, Formerly attributed to.
Robinson, J. C. (John Charles), Sir, 1824-1913, 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. 52, no. 85.

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