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- Titles Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among the Ruins (Proper)
- Artist Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch, Leiden 1606/1607 - 1669 Amsterdam
- Medium etching
- Dimensions sheet (irregular): 4 7/8 × 4 1/8 in. (12.4 × 10.5 cm) plate: 4 5/8 × 4 in. (11.7 × 10.2 cm) mat: 13 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (34.3 × 29.2 cm) frame: 16 1/4 × 14 1/8 × 1 in. (41.3 × 35.9 × 2.5 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Junior League of Birmingham, 1952.1
- Work Type print
- Classification Prints
- Signature Recto, signed and dated in plate, top right corner: Rembrandt f. 1639
- Marks Collector's stamp, verso, bottom left corner, in black ink: H.W. [Lugt 1383] Collector's stamp, verso, bottom left corner, in black ink: C H [Lugt 551] Collector's stamp, verso, bottom left corner, in black ink: F [crowned, inside circle, Lugt 968] Collector's stamp, verso, bottom right corner, in red ink: J P M [topped with deer head, Lugt 1509]
- Inscription Recto, bottom left corner, in black ink, collector's mark: EP [Lugt 891] Verso, upper center, in pencil: C [or U?] Upper right, in pencil: W. Lower center, in pencil: C. 75 Lower right, in pencil: 3102 Bottom left, in pencil, in different hand: C 15485 / A 88315 Bottom right, below collector's stamp, in pencil, in different hand: 192
- Provenance Dr. Edward Peart (either 1756 or 1758-1824), London and Butterwick [see note 1]; probably auctioned at his sale, Christie’s, London, April 12, 1822 [see note 2]. Chambers Hall (1786-1855), Southampton and London, England [see note 3]; probably by exchange to Hermann Weber (1817-1854), Bonn, Germany [see note 4]; auctioned at his posthumous sale, Rudolph Weigel, Leipzig, April 28, 1856, lot 161; purchased by “Albendorf” [see note 5]; Ferdinand of Portugal (1816-1885) [see note 6]; probably auctioned at his posthumous sale, J. M. Heberle, Cologne, November 29, 1893. Dealer Colnaghi, London [see note 7]; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York, between 1900 and 1913 [see note 8]; inherited by his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943); auctioned at J. P. Morgan, Jr.’s posthumous sale, Parke and Bernet, New York, March 22, 1944, lot 88. Junior League of Birmingham, Alabama; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1952
1. Lugt 891
2. According to Lugt 891, Peart’s Rembrandt prints were sold at this sale.
3. Lugt 551
4. Lugt 1383. According to Lugt 1383, Hall and Weber exchanged works from their collections shortly before Weber passed away.
5. “Albendorf” is listed as the buyer in an annotated catalog at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the 1856 sale. The annotator records that anything purchased under this name was purchased for the King of Portugal.
6. Lugt 968
7. According to the auction catalog from J. P. Morgan’s posthumous sale held at the Morgan Library & Museum, this print is listed with the provenance “purchased from Colnaghi of London.”
8. Lugt 1509. According to the Morgan Library & Museum's Rembrandt collection web portal, Morgan purchased his first Rembrandt prints in 1900.