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Provenance: Earl of Gainsborough; Sir Robert Witt, London; his sale, 1951; Thomas Carr Howe, San Francisco, 1951-1981; his gift to FAMSF 1981.
Notes from old file:
Nicholas Turner (British Museum) (6 September 1984 letter in file): Accepts authenticity of drawing and dates it ca. late 1630’s or 1640’s.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carr Howe, Jr. in honor of Elizabeth S. Tower
CPLH:Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1981-1982, Part I: 1500-1940, 26 Feb - 8 March 1983;
CPLH: Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts...,,3 Aug - 13 Oct 1985, exh. cat. no. 2, p. 20, repr. p. 21, entry by Joseph R. Goldyne;
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, 16 Feb - 31 March 1991 (also National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 3 May - 16 June 1991, Cleveland Museum of Art, 27 Aug - 13 Oct 1991): Master Draftsmen: Works from North American Collections, 1991,[exh. cat. not available 1993]; FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Italian Old Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994.
a rather heavy kneeling woman with double chin, etc., wearing nun’s clothing, her right hand holding her cloak, her left hand holding a rosary
Heavy nun kneels, looking fixedly ahead and holding rosary in left hand. Her plain white gown has a sash, and her shawl covering her head and shoulders is also plain white. (Virginia K. Anderson 02/13/95)