Attributed to George Vertue

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Attributed to George Vertue
Portrait of a Man (William Walker?)
Graphite and brush and gray and pink wash, the background brushed in with a buff-colored wash, laid down on paper.
11 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches (302 x 220 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 22, no. 40 in the Bull Album.
Not in Fairfax Murray.
Attributed to George Vertue in handlist of album.


Signed (?), dated, and inscribed at lower left in pen and brown ink: GV del.; at lower center: William Walker. aged 105.; at lower right in graphite: Wimpole Aug.23 1727 (overwritten in pen and brown ink); in decorative border at upper right in graphite: 40; beyond decorative border at lower right: G. Vertú.

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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