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The artist's nephews, Benedetto and Cesare Gennari, Casa Gennari, Bologna; by descent to Carlo Gennari; Francesco Forni, Bologna; John Bouverie (d. 1750); his nephew, Mr. Christopher Hervey (d. 1786); his aunt, Elizabeth Bouverie (d. 1798); by inheritance to Sir Charles Middleton (1726-1813); by descent to his grandson, Charles Noel (1781-1866), who was created 1st Earl of Gainsborough in 1841 (sale, London, 20 July 1859, possibly lot 71, "a study of two figures"; the Bouverie mark, Lugt 325, was probably placed on the drawing at this sale). Private collection (sale, Bonham's, London, 16 June 1988, no. 11); (Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London); NGA purchase in 1989.

Exhibition History
European Drawings, Recent Acquisitions, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, 1988, no. 27.
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino (1591-1666), Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, 1991, no. 139 (Denis Mahon).
Salerno, Luigi. I Dipinti del Guercino. Roma, 1988: 334, under no. 163.
Stone, David. Guercino, Catalogo completo dei dipinti. Florence, 1991: 257, under no. 247.
Stone, David. Guercino master Draftsman, Works from North American Collections, Exh. Cat. Harvard University Art Museums, 1991, and tour, under no. 29, and Supplemental Checklist, no. 166, pl. I.
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