Attributed to Jonathan Richardson

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Attributed to Jonathan Richardson
Portrait of a Man and a Woman in Profile to the Left (Mr. and Mrs. Knap?)
Metalpoint on vellum; double framing line in graphite.
5 x 4 9/16 inches (126 x 117 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.

Fol. 5, no. 15 in the Bull Album.
Attributed to Jonathan Richardson Sr. in Fairfax Murray.
The sitters identified as Mr. and Mrs. Knap in Fairfax Murray, as Jonathan Richardson Sr. and Mrs. Knap in handlist of album. According to Carol Gibson-Wood ("Jonathan Richardson as a Draftsman," Master Drawings 32, no. 3 [1994], pp. 203-229]), Mrs. Catherine Knapp was a close female companion of Richardson's in the 1730s.


Inscribed at lower left in graphite (?), Richardson.senr: [colon under "r"], at lower center, Mrs [rs superscript] Knap.; on verso at upper left in pen and black ink, partially cut off [trimmed], R. Senr&., at upper center in graphite, My Father & Mrs [rs superscript] Knapps., at center, Richardson Senr. [period under "r"] & Mrs [rs superscript] Knap / I believe his 2d [d superscript] wife; at lower right in pen and black ink, partially cut off, m [?], in graphite, partially cut off, R; on album sheet at lower right of decorative border in graphite, J. Richardson, beyond upper left corner of decorative border, x 10, beyond upper right corner of decorative border, 15. Collector's mark of Jonathan Richardson Sr. inscribed at lower right in graphite, R.

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: 

Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
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, 22, repr.

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