Bartholomeus Breenbergh

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Bartholomeus Breenbergh
Traveler Crossing a Stone Bridge in a Rocky Landscape with a Spring
Pen and brown ink and wash, with opaque white, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink, partially trimmed away.
3 7/16 x 5 7/8 inches (88 x 150 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 214b

The drawing and III-214a, as well as III-214c, were once together in the Wellesley collection, along with another drawing whose whereabouts are unknown, all attributed to Breenbergh and all once owned by Charles Fairfax Murray.


Signed and dated at lower right, in brown ink, "BB(in ligature)reenbergh / 1629". Inscribed on the verso, in graphite: "4 / 72"; below this, "Breemberg B180"; and at lower right corner, "Wellesley Coll / 569-0417" (i.e., the lot no. in the Wellesley sale).
Watermark: Star or sun within a circle, surmounted by a cross (similar to Heawood, no. 3883: Rome, 1646). Star with six rays or points and circle in center, placed centered on chain line.

Rev. Dr. Henry Wellesley (1791-1866), Oxford (no mark; see Lugt 1384); his sale, London, Sotheby's, 25 June-10 July 1866, one of 30 landscapes under Breenbergh's name in lot 569 (to "Fawcett" for £1.4.0); 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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Associated names: 

Wellesley, Henry, 1791-1866, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 45.