Peter Paul Rubens

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Peter Paul Rubens
1577-1640
Study of a Sleeping Lion
Black chalk, with white chalk, on light gray paper; traces of framing line in brown ink.
9 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches (250 x 420 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows, with the special assistance of a number of Fellows and Trustees in honor of Felice Stampfle.
1977.41
Provenance: 
Possibly William Mayor (no mark; see Lugt 2799); A. Paul Oppé, London; Stefan Zweig, London and New York; H. Eisemann, London; Victor Koch, London; acquired from Schaeffer Galleries, 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. 143-144, no. 307, repr. (as Rubens)
Dervaux, Isabelle. Drawing connections: Baselitz, Kelly, Penone, Rockburne, and the old masters. New York: Morgan Library & Museum, 2007, p. 23, 26 (repr.)

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Watermark: none.
Drawing is a study related to the painting "Daniel in the Lions' Den" in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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