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Inscription

in later hand, lower left in brown ink: [?]; center verso in graphite: A Carracci; lower center verso in graphite: No 14/+3

Provenance

Jan van Rijmsdijk; John Thane (Lugt 1544); Thomas Dimsdale (Lugt 2426); Samuel Woodburn, London; Sir Thomas Lawrence; repurchased by Samuel Woodburn from Lawrence's estate; Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (Lugt 2710b) and by descent (Sale, Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1972, no. 95 (as a "Fisherman"); (Thomas Agnew & Sons, London); NGA purchase in 1974.

Exhibition History
1836
Sixth exhibition. A Catalogue of One Hundred Original Drawings by Ludovico, Agostino, and Annibal Carracci, 1836, "The Lawrence Gallery" (at Mr. Woodburn's Gallery), no. 94 (as Annibale Carracci).
1953
Drawings by Old Masters, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953: no. 156 (as Annibale Carracci).
1954
The Ellesmere Collection of Old Master Drawings, Leicester Museums and Art Gallery, 1954: no. 105.
1955
Drawings by the Carracci and Other Masters from the Collection of the Earl of Ellesmere, P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 1955: no. 41.
1978
NGA Master Drawings 1978, p. 70-71 (as A Fisherman with His Net).
1991
Guercino, Master Draftsman: Works from North American Collections, Sackler Museum, Harvard Unviersity, Cambridge, 1991; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991, no. 78.
Bibliography
1898
Catalogue of the Ellesmere Collection of Drawings at Bridgewater House. London, 1898: no. 83 (as Annibale Carracci).
1934
Bodmer, Heinrich. "Drawings by the Carracci: An Aesthetic Analysis," Old Master Drawings, (March 1934): plate 61 (as Annibale Carracci).
1955
Sutton, Denys. "The Carracci as Draughtsmen," Country Life (3 Feb. 1955): 317.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 671, no. 1071, color repro., as A Fisherman with His Net.
1991
David Stone. "Supplement: Guercino Drawings in North American Collections, A Selective Checklist," in exh. cat. Guercino, Master Draftsman, Works from North American Collections. Harvard University and elsewhere, 1991: 222, no. 160.
1991
Turner, Nicholas. In exh. cat. Guercino: Drawings from Windsor Castle, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1991: 38, under no. 10.
1991
Tuyll van Serooskerken, Carel van, in exh. cat. Guercino (1591-1666): Drawings from Dutch Collections, Teylersmuseum, Haarlem, 1991: 146, under no. 62.