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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


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
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1990, no. 24 (as Giulio Clovio).
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 54.
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro : Artist-Brothers in Renaissance Rome, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, no. 71
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).