Attributed to Jonathan Richardson

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Attributed to Jonathan Richardson
Portrait of a Lady (Mary Hervey?)
Graphite on vellum. Framing line in graphite.
5 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches (133 x 117 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 13, no. 31 in the Bull Album.
Sheet with decorative border on which drawing is mounted has been cut out and mounted to album leaf covering another decorative border .
Attributed to Jonathan Richardson, Sr. in Fairfax Murray. Sitter identified in Fairfax Murray as "Mary, daughter of Brigadier Colonel Nicholas Le Pell. Married John Lord Hervey, Oct. 25th, 1720."


Inscribed at lower left in graphite: [illegible] (effaced); overwritten in pen and black ink: Lady Hervey.; at lower center in graphite: [illegible] (effaced); on verso at center in graphite: Lady Hervey / Miss Lapelle.; within decorative border at lower center in pen and black ink: MARY, Daughter of General Nicholas Le Pell, married to JOHN, Lord / Hervey. Oct.25.1720. drawn from the life by J: Richardson.; on album leaf beneath drawing in graphite: 5685 / i/gh/.; beyond decorative border at center right: Richardson; at upper left: x 19; at upper right: 31. Collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson Sr. inscribed at lower right in graphite, R, overwritten in pen and black ink.

Jonathan Richardson, Sr. (Lugt 2183); 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.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 20, repr.

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