School of Peter Paul Rubens

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School of Peter Paul Rubens
1577-1640
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.
III, 163

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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".
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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 (1763-1836), English army officer (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.
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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. 153, no. 320, repr.

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Watermark: none.
Drawing is a copy after the lower right corner of Rubens's painting the "Fall of the Damned", probably executed about 1618-21, now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

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