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Provenance

Possibly imported to England 1528 by (Edward Smytting) for sale to Cardinal Wolsey or Henry VIII, King of England;[1] possibly purchased between 1649 and 1654 from the English royal collection by the Spanish ambassador Don Alonso de Cárdenas and shipped to Spain for Don Luis de Haro;[2] possibly bequest 1658 to the estate of the House of El Carpio;[3] possibly by descent to the House of Alba;[4] probably Jacopo Luis Francesco Pablo Rafael FitzJames-Stuart, 8th duke of Berwick and 15th duke (duque in Spanish) of Alba [1821-1881], Liria Palace, Madrid; (Alba sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 7-20 April 1877, no. 7). Jean Dollfus; (his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1-2 April 1912, 2nd day, no. 188, as Le Calvaire); (French & Company, New York);[5] inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; after purchase 11 May 1916 by funds of Joseph E. Widener; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
2002
Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2002, no. 33, repro.
Bibliography
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 121.
1990
Ainsworth, Maryan Wynn. "Bernart van Orley, Peintre-Inventeur." Studies in the History of Art 24 (1990):48, 50-51, 53-54, 57-60, repro.
2003
Bremer-David, Charissa. "French & Company and American Collections of Tapestries , 1907-1959." Studies in the Decorative Arts XI, no. 1 (Fall-Winter 2003-2004):41.