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Inscription

in unknown hand, lower left: Agosto. Caracci; lower right: Caracci; upper right verso: Agostino Car.cci

Provenance

Carlo Bianconi; Samuel Woodburn; Sir Thomas Lawrence; Samuel Woodburn; Francis Egerton, Earl of Ellesmere (L. Supp.2710b), and by descent (sale, Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1972, no. 37); purchased by Edward Speelman; Robert H. and Clarice Smith, Washington; gift to NGA in 1978.

Exhibition History
1836
The Lawrence Gallery, Sixth Exhibition, Messrs. Woodburn's Gallery, London, 1836, no. 37.
1954
The Ellesmere Collection of Old Master Drawings, The Museums and Art Gallery, Leicester, 1954, no. 40 (P. A. Tomory).
1955
Drawings by the Carracci and Other Masters from the Ellesmere Collection, P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 1955, no. 33.
1956
Mostra dei Carracci. Disegni. Palazzo dall'Archiginnasio, Bologna, 1956, no. 82.
1961
The Carracci, Drawings and Paintings, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1961, no. 43.
1978
NGA Master Drawings 1978, p. 49.
Bibliography
1898
Catalogue of the Ellesmere Collection of Drawings at Bridgewater House. London, 1898: no.101.
1995
De Grazia, Diane. "Storia dei disegni emiliani del XVI secolo". in La pittura in Emilia e in Romagna: Il Cinquecento. Milan, 1995, 2: 255.
1998
Whitfield, Clovis. "Francesco Brizio: Prospetti e paesaggi," Accademia Clementina, Atti e memorie, nos. 38-39, Bologna, 1998-1999: 16, fig. 9 (as Francesco Brizio).