Otto van Veen

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Otto van Veen
Scene in a Burning City
Brush and gray and light brown oil, and pen and brown ink; on a paper prepared with a brown ground of lead white tinted with yellow-brown ochre and a little red in oil medium.
7 5/16 x 5 13/16 inches (187 x 147 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
Van Veen Album, folio 75

Not inscribed.

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.

Netherlandish drawings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the Pierpont Morgan Library / Felice Stampfle ; with the assistance of Ruth S. Kraemer and Jane Shoaf Turner. New York : The Library, 1991, p. 91, no. 187.


Watermark: since the drawings are laid down, no watermarks, if any, are visible, even with fiber-optic light.
Not engraved in the 1607 or 1612 editions of the "Emblemata Horatiana".
Possibly this sheet, unknown in purpose, was substituted by the collector who arranged Van Veen's drawings in the Morgan album for one of the two designs he lacked from the 1607 "Emblemata".
Also see records on Van Veen Album (III, 146-157).

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