Peter Paul Rubens

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Peter Paul Rubens
Six studies after Antique Gems and Coins: Head of a Hellenistic Ruler
Pen and brown ink, on paper; framing line in black ink.
1 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches (33 x 31 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 162:4
Paignon Dijonval (1708-1792), Paris; his grandson, Charles-Gilbert, Vicomte Morel de Vindé, Paris (no mark; see Lugt 2520); the collection sold in 1816 to Samuel Woodburn (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445); his sale, London, Christie's, 4-8 June 1860, lot 813 (to Enson for £5.15.6); sale ("Well-Known Amateur." "Brooke" according to annotation in British Museum copy of catalogue and also Fairfax Murray's Notebooks: "Hope" according to Lugt, "Répertoire", no. 50106), London, Sotheby's, 20 June 1891, lot 194 (to Fairfax Murray for £3.0.0); 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.

Watermark: none.
Six on one mat.
Formerly attributed to School of Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577-1640.
Drawing is one of six studies at the Morgan Library that was probably intended to illustrate a planned, but never completed, text on antique gems and coins by Rubens and the French scholar Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637).

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