William Makepeace Thackeray

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William Makepeace Thackeray
1811-1863
A Study for Rose and the Ring
Brown ink on paper.
5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (139 x 89 mm)
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan.
2005.175

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Inscription: 

Inscribed by artist in graphite at bottom left, "W.M.Thackeray"; inscribed in another hand in graphite at bottom of mount, "Rose and the Ring".

Provenance: 
Gift of the artist to the Fairholt family (according to a letter from Ernest Dressel North to Pierpont Morgan); Ernest Dressel North, New York; from whom purchased in 1907 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York.
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See letter in Morgan Archives (Early Business Correspondence): North, Ernest Dressel. Letter signed: to Pierpont Morgan, 1907 Jan. 23, offering twelve Thackeray drawings.

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Fairholt family, former owner.
North, Ernest Dressel, 1858-1945, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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