Italian, Umbria - Portrait of a Man with a Cap, early 16th century

Italian, Umbria

Portrait of a Man with a Cap (after the Portrait of a Man, attributed to Raphael, in the Liechtenstein Collection), early 16th century

Black chalk, possibly reinforced around the eyes, lips, and back of neck, on paper, 26.6 x 20 cm (10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in.) sheet

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Object details

Accession number

1.1.r.10

Provenance

Collection of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), English painter and collector.
Collection of Earl of Warwick, Warwickshire.
Collection of Sir John Charles Robinson (1824–1913), museum curator, collector, and connoisseur, London.
Purchased by the art dealers Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1901-2.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner at auction from the sale of Sir John Charles Robinson's collection at Christie, Manson and Woods, London on 13 May 1902 for £80 through Thomas Agnew & Sons, lot 28. (as a self-portrait by Giovanni Bellini)

Marks

Blind stamp (lower left): TL [collector's mark of Thomas Lawrence, Lugt 2445]
Stamped in black ink (lower right): a crowned W in a circle [collector's mark of Earl of Warwick, Lugt 2600]
Inscribed in brown ink (lower right): JCR [collector's mark of Sir John Charles Robinson, Lugt 1433]
Inscribed in pen and brown ink (upper left): qv5
Stamped in blue ink (upper right corner of backing): ISG [in an oval, collector's mark of Isabella Stewart Gardner]
Inscribed in pencil (on backing): Giovanni Bellini, his Portrait / Cosi era scritto
Watermark on the paper mount: centered on a chain line, fleur de lys within a double circle surmounting the letter B

Bibliography

Christie, Manson and Woods. Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Drawings by Old Masters formed by a Well-known Amateur during the last Forty Years (London, 12-14 May 1902), p. 6, lot 28. (as Giovanni Bellini, "Portrait of the Artist")
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). Drawings: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1968), p. 65. (as Venetian?)
John Philip O'Neill, ed. Liechtenstein: The Princely Collections. Exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985), p. 194, under cat. no. 124.
Hilliard Goldfarb et al. Italian Paintings and Drawings Before 1800 in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1996-2000). (as Umbrian)


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