Jan van de Velde

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Jan van de Velde
Fisherman before the Half-ruined Gate Tower of Brederode Castle
ca. 1615
Pen and brown ink and wash, on paper; framing line in brown ink.
2 x 3 1/4 inches (51 x 82 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
2006.27:1-96, fol. 43(2)

Inscribed at the upper right corner, in Destailleur's hand, in graphite, "Van de Velde". On the verso, at lower right, in Destailleur's hand, in graphite, "E. Van de Velde".
Watermark: none.

Madame Sophie (d. 1782); Hippolyte Destailleur (1822-93), Paris (no mark; see Lugt 740); his sale, Paris, Damascène Morgand, 26-7 May 1893, lot 98 (bought in for 4,300 frs.); 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.

The double-towered ruin of Brederode Castle appears, in reverse, in the horizontal etching with the same subject, included as no. 8 in the series of 18 prints entitled "Amoenissimae aiquot Reginunculae, et antiquorum momentorum ruinae" ("Some most pleasant landscapes and ruins of ancient monuments"). The series was published by Claes Jansz. Visscher (1587-1652) in Amsterdam in 1615. The Morgan sheet is one of only three drawings related to the print series. For a further discussion, see Robert Fucci, "Reflecting on Ruins: The Earliest Landscape Drawings by Jan van de Velde II," in Master Drawings 60/1 (2022), esp. pp. 15-16.
The sheet is of ninety-six drawings that the French architect and collector Hippolyte Destailleur apparently pasted into an empty quarto album. See also Recueil de Dessins (2006.27:1-96).

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Sophie, of France, Madame, daughter of Louis XV, 1734-1782, former owner.
Destailleur, Hippolyte Alexandre Gabriel Walter, 1822-1893, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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