School of Peter Paul Rubens

Download image: 
School of Peter Paul Rubens
Head of a Man Blowing a Horn. Verso: Crowned Head of Juno
Black and red chalk, with white chalk (now rubbed), on paper; trace of a framing line in brown ink; verso in black chalk.
4 1/8 x 3 1/2 inches (104 x 88 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 234a

Watermark: none.


Inscribed on part of old mount underneath the drawing, in Roupell's hand, in black ink, "RPR / Rubens / Sir Thos Lawrence's Coll. / Sketch for the man blowing the horn in the / picture of the Boar Hunt".

Sir Thomas Lawrence (lugt 2445); Samuel Woodburn (no mark; see Lugt 2584); Lawrence-Woodburn sale, London, Christie's, 4-8 June 1860, one of two in lot 790 (Rubens: "Studies of figures blowing the horn - red chalk and pen [2]" to Roupell for £2.2.0); Robert Prioleau Roupell (Lugt 2234); his sale, London, Christie's, 12-14 July 1887, lot 1128 (Rubens: "Sketch of a Man's Head Blowing a Horn, a female head on the back. From Sir T. Lawrence's Collection": to Riggal for £0.5.0); Dr. Edward Riggal, London; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 6-8 June 1901, one of three in lot 535 (Rubens: "man blowing a horn, from the Roupell collection"; possibly along with Cat. no. 296; to Fairfax Murray for £4.10.0); 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: 

Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853 former owner.
Roupell, Robert Prioleau, 1798-1886, former owner.
Riggall, Edward, 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. 154, no. 321, repr.

Artist page: