School of Peter Paul Rubens
Copy after Rubens's "Fall of the Damned", Munich
Black, red, brown, ochre, and white chalk, considerable stumping, especially in background; strongly accented in pen and brown ink, brown wash, and occasional touches of white and light brown boydcolor, on paper; traces of a framing line.
15 5/8 x 21 inches (397 x 533 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Inscribed on verso, at lower left corner, in an old hand, in graphite, "dJ / JR [circle with vertical line] ·": ; in brown ink, "49" ("23" crossed out); in lower right corner, in graphite, "P.P. Rubens"; in another hand, "£31.10.0". In the opposite direction, in a seventeenth-century hand, in graphite, "van rubbens no 23".
Jacob de Vos; possibly his sale, Amsterdam, De Vries ... Roos, 30-31 October 1833, p. 73, Album DD, no. 8 ("Een hel"); Sir Charles Greville (Lugt 549); George Guy, fourth Earl of Warwick (Lugt 2600); his sale, London, Christie's, 20-21 May 1896, lot 350 ("Rubens, Study for a picture of the Last Judgment-black and red chalk, partly washed with bistre and colours. 21 x 15 1/2. DeVos Coll."; to Fairfax Murray for £19.0.0); 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.