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Inscription

upper center in pen and brown ink: Spiritum / morientis / excipit ore

Provenance

T. J. Bell (sale, London, Sotheby's, 26 November 1929, as Van Dyck); Ludwig Burchard, London

Exhibition History
1933
Rubens-Tentoonstelling, Kunsthandel J. Goudstikker, Amsterdam, 1933, no. 103.
1950
A Loan Exhibition of Works by Peter Paul Rubens, Wildenstein and Co., London, 1950, no. 44.
1956
Tekeningen van P. P. Rubens, Rubenshuis, Antwerp, 1956, no. 46.
1969
In Memoriam, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1969, unnumbered checklist.
1978
NGA Master Drawings 1978, p. 62.
1994
Flemish Drawings in the Age of Rubens: Selected Works from American Collections, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1994, no. 41.
2005
Rubens: A Master in the Making, The National Gallery, London, 2005 - 2006, no. 15.
Bibliography
1959
Held, Julius S. Rubens, Selected Drawings. 2 vols. New York, 1959: 1: no. 2921f.
1977
Rowlands, John. Rubens: Drawings and Sketches. Exh. cat. British Museum. London, 1977: no. 60.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 671, no. 1067, color repro.
1986
Held, Julius S. Rubens: Selected Drawings. Mt. Kisco, 1986: no. 58, fig. 57 (reproduced in reverse).
1987
Logan, Anne-Marie. Review of Julius S. Held. Rubens: Selected Drawings in Master Drawings XXV (1987): 71.
1995
Martinez, Benjamin and Jacqueline Block. Visual Forces: An Introduction to Design. 2nd edition, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1995: 100, fig. B.
1999
Spivey, Nigel. "Pathos by Formula, The story of Raphael's Entombment," Apollo 150, no. 449 (July 1999): 51, fig. 6.