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Inscription

in unknown hand, lower right: A Carracci.; across top verso: 65 Annibale Carracci. A Head of a Bacchus: a / study from the antique: pen & bistre ... Thomas Lawrence

Marks and Labels

Ellesmere (L. Supp.2710b)

Provenance

M. Brunet (according to 1836 Lawrence Gallery catalogue); Samuel Woodburn; Sir Thomas Lawrence (Lugt 2445); Samuel Woodburn; Lord Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere (Lugt 2701b), and by descent (sale, Sotheby's, London, 11 July 1972, no. 29); purchased by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., for NGA, purchase in 1972.

Exhibition History
1836
The Lawrence Gallery, Sixth Exhibition, Messrs. Woodburn's Gallery, London, 1836, no. 93 (as Annibale).
1954
The Ellesmere Collection of Old Master Drawings, Museums and Art Gallery, Leicester, 1954, no. 34 (P. A. Tomory).
1974
NGA Recent Acquisitions 1974, no. 29.
Bibliography
1898
Catalogue of the Ellesmere Collection of Drawings at Bridgewater House. London, 1898: no. 65, as Annibale.
1979
Bohlin, Diane De Grazia. Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family, A Catalogue Raisonne. Washington, 1979: 456, fig. 19a.