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Inscription

bottom of old mount in brown ink: Domenichino-(from Benjamin West's collection-previously in Jonathan Richardson's.); on verso in brown ink at center, the same text but the last four letters cut off and preserved on a small piece of the old mount, re-adhered below on the right margin. at lower right in graphite (by Herbert List): R Lugt 2170. J Richardson Junr 1694-1771 London/B.W Lugt 419-Benjamin West 1738-1820 London

Provenance

Jonathan Richardson, Jr., London (1694 - 1771) (Lugt 2170). Benjamin West, London (1738 - 1820) (Lugt 419). (sale, Sotheby's London, 21 November 1974, no. 6). Herbert List, Munich; Ursula and Adolf Ratjen, Vaduz, for Wolfgang Ratjen; Wolfgang Ratjen, Munich; purchased 2007 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1977
Stiftung Ratjen, Italienische Zeichnungen des 16.-18. Jahrhunderts. Staatliche Graphische Sammlung Munich; Kupferstichkabinett Berlin; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. Munich, 1977, 146, no. 67 (entry by Richard Harprath).
1979
Zeichnungen italienischer Meister aus den Sammlungen Schloss Fachsenfeld, Stiftung Ratjen Vaduz, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München. Kunstmuseum Lucerne, 1979, 26, no. 38.
1992
Drawing in Bologna, 1500 - 1600, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, 1992, no. 58 (Elizabeth Llewellyn and Cristiana Romalli).
1995
Fünfzig italienische Zeichnungen des 16. - 18. Jahrhunderts aus der Stiftung Ratjen, Vaduz. Liechtensteinischen Staatlichen Kunstsammlung, Vaduz. Bern, 1995, no. 13.
1996
Italian Drawings from the Ratjen Foundation, Vaduz. The Frick Collection, New York. Bern, 1996, no. 13.
2011
Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525-1835, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2011, no. 4.
Bibliography
1986
Fortunati Pietrantonio, Vera, ed. Pittura bolognese del '500 2 vols. Bologna, 1986, 2: 477-478, reprod. 497.