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recto: none; verso: in brown ink, in 18th-century hand?: Cette belle etude dessiné par Rubens / a Servi pour Le Sujet de daniel / dans la fosse aux lions / elle a eté acheté chés le Marquis / de gouvernay, par M. nourri / de la vente duquel, elle est [passez?] / les mains du Conseiller St Maurice

Marks and Labels



According to an inscription on the back of the drawing, Marquis de Gouvernet (sale, Paris, 6-10 November 1775); purchased by Conseiller Nourri (sale, Paris, 24 February-14 March 1785); purchased by Conseiller de Saint-Maurice (sale, Paris, 1 February 1786). George Fenwick-Owen, Lether Melton (purchased in a mixed lot at Sotheby's in about 1930); Mrs. Denise Fenwick-Owen, London (sale, Sotheby's, London, 27 March 1969, no. 86); NGA purchase via Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, in 1969.

Exhibition History

In Memoriam, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1969, unnumbered checklist.
Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens: Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1975, no cat.
Master Drawings from the Collectino of the National Gallery of Art and Promised Gifts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1978, p. 63.
Flemish Drawings in the Age of Rubens: Selected Works from American Collections, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1994, no. 44, repro.
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 74.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640): The Drawings, 2004-2005, Albertina Museum, Vienna (no. 44); and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (no. 46), repro.


Cott, Perry B."The Ailsa Mellon Bruce Gifts." The Connoisseur178, no. 718 (1971): 253.
King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 44-45, pl. 22.
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 671, no. 1066, color repro.
Mittler, Gene A. Art in Focus. Peoria, 1986: 253, fig. 14.10.
d'Hulst, Roger A., and M. Vandenven. Rubens: The Old Testament (Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, Part 3). London, 1989:57h
Southgate, M. Therese. The Art of JAMA: One Hundred Covers and Essays from The Journal of the American Medical Association. St. Louis, 1997: 80-81, color repro.
Wheelock, Arthur K., Jr. A Collector's Cabinet. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1998: no. 74.
Mittler, Gene A. and James D. Howze. Creating and Understanding Drawings. New York, 2001: 78-9.
Mayhew, Timothy David, Margo Ellis, and Supapan Seraphin. "Natural Black Chalk in Traditional Old Master Drawings." Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 49, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2010): 85, fig. 2 (color; also reproduced on the cover).

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