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Inscription

by William Esdaile, across bottom verso in pen and brown ink: 1814 WE P 15-N 9bx / The Fall of Phaeton by Michael-Angelo; by J.C. Robinson, lower right verso in pen and brown ink: J.C. Robinson July 2 1887 / Giorno felicissimmo per questa / trovaglia!!!; by later hand, lower left verso in graphite: being lot 49 in his Sale

Provenance

Lamberto Gori (according to Ottley sale catalogue); John Thane [1748-1818] (Lugt 1544), London; probably William Young Ottley (sale, London, 1814, lot 1765); William Esdaile [1758-1837] (Lugt 2617), London (sale, Christie's, London, 18 June 1840, no. 49, as Michelangelo; to 'Sheath'); Sir John Charles Robinson [1825-1913] (Lugt 1433), London (sale, Christie's, London, 12-14 May 1902, no. 211, as Michelangelo); Sir Brinsley Ford, London (sale, Christie's, London, 11-13 December 1985, no. 228, as Clovio); purchased by Ian Woodner, New York; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner, New York, 1990; gift to NGA, 1998.

Exhibition History
1990
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 24 (as Giulio Clovio).
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 54.
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
2007
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro : Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, no. 71
Bibliography
2003
Pilliod, Elizabeth. “The Influence of Michelangelo: Pontormo, Bronzino, and Allori,” in Reactions to the Master: Michelangelo’s effect on art and artists in the sixteenth century, edited by Francis Ames-Lewis and Paul Joannides, pgs. 31-52. Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2003: 43-44, no. 2.6 (Attributed to Alessandro Allori).