Attributed to Jonathan Richardson

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Attributed to Jonathan Richardson
Portrait of a Man (Professor Blackwell of Aberdeen?)
Metalpoint, some graphite, on vellum.
6 1/2 x 5 inches (166 x 128 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 16, no. 34 in the Bull Album.


Inscribed at lower left in pen and black ink: Prof[essor Blac]kwell [effaced]; on verso at lower right in graphite: Mr [superscript "r"][period under "r"] Blackwell / Greek Professr[superscript "r"] of Aber[cut off] / Author of life of Homer [illegible] 14 Apr[illegible]; within decorative border at lower right in pen and brown ink: Richardson 14:ap:1735; and at lower center: Professor Blackwell of Aberdeen, Author of Homer's life.; beyond decorative border at upper left in graphite: x 22; at upper right: 34. Collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson Sr. stamped at lower right and on verso at lower right

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, 25, repr.

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