David Teniers

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David Teniers
1610-1690
Peasants Dancing and Feasting
Pen and brown ink (initially in left half) on paper; continued later in graphite by Teniers.
7 1/16 x 16 1/16 inches (179 x 408 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
I, 125
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Inscribed on verso, in graphite; at upper left edge, "940-5-83"; at lower left "2073".

Provenance: 
Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445; not located in any of the Woodburn exhibition catalogues): sale ("Well-known Amateur and Another Property":"Brooke" according to annotation in British Museum copy of sale catalogue and also Fairfax Murray's Notebooks; "Hope" according to Lugt, "Répertoire", no. 50106), Sotheby's, 20 June 1891, one of five in lot 228 (this lot from the other "Property"; "Teniers. A Village Fair, and various other Studies of Figures [5]"; to Fairfax Murray for £0.9.0); 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.
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. 160, no. 334 repr.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 125, repr. ("Old Breughel and Teniers").

Notes: 

Watermark: countermark with number 4 above letter "B".
Teniers revised and continued the composition previously set down on the left-two thirds of the sheet by an unidentified follower of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Associated names: 

Bruegel, Jan, 1568-1625, Follower of, Formerly attributed to.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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