Attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller

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Attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller
Portrait of a Man (Nicolas Cosimo?). Verso: Unfinished Study of a Man's Face and Counterproof of a Portrait of a Woman
Red chalk on paper prepared with a salmon-colored wash.
11 x 7 1/4 inches (280 x 185 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 12, no. 29 in the Bull Album.
Drawing mounted to album leaf over decorative border.
Not in Fairfax Murray.
Attributed to Sir Godfrey Kneller in handlist of album. Sitter identified as "Nicolas Cosimus or Cosimo, violinist" in handlist of album.


Inscribed at lower right in graphite: 5 /; on verso at lower center: Nic. Cosimus by Kneller / gravé par Smith; on album leaf at lower center beneath drawing in graphite: Nic. Cosimo by Kneller / (engraved by Smith); beyond upper right corner of drawing: 29; within decorative border at lower left offset in reverse from verso of drawing originally mounted on this leaf: 1736 [illegible]; at lower center: [illegible].

Richard Bull, Ongar, Essex (Lugt 314 and Lugt S. 314); Alphonse Wyatt Thibaudeau (ca. 1840-ca. 1892), London and Paris; his sale, London, Sotheby's, 9-13 December 1889, lot 1146; 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.
Associated names: 

Bull, Richard, 1725-1806, former owner.
Thibaudeau, Alphonse Wyatt, 1840-1893, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.

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