Herman van Swanevelt

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Herman van Swanevelt
1603-1655
Hermit Saint Seated on the Ground, Reading a Book
Pen and brown ink, brown and gray-brown wash, with opaque white, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
3 7/8 x 3 5/16 inches (99 x 85 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 214c
Inscription: 

Inscribed on the verso, in graphite: at center, "Breemberg"; below this, "B 180"; and at lower right corner, "Wellesley Col / 569-0417".

Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 285.

Notes: 

Watermark: none visible through lining.
The drawing and III-214a, as well as III-214b, 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.

Associated names: 

Breenbergh, Bartholomeus, 1599?-1657, Formerly attributed to.
Wellesley, Henry, 1791-1866, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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