Attributed to Sir James Thornhill

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Attributed to Sir James Thornhill
Portrait of a Man in Profile (Timothy Thomas?)
Black chalk, some graphite, laid down on paper.
7 1/2 x 6 5/16 inches (190 x 161 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Inscribed (signed) at lower left: J Th.; beyond decorative border at upper left in graphite: x 23; at upper right: 37.; at lower right of album leaf: Signed J Thornhill.

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.

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 27, repr.


Fol. 19, no. 37 in the Bull Album.
Attributed to Sir James Thornhill in Fairfax Murray. Sitter identified in Fairfax Murray as Timothy Thomas, chaplain to Lord Oxford. Entry in Fairfax Murray appears to describe the drawing on fol. 23, no. 41 (q.v.).

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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