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

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.

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.


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.

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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.