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Provenance: Reputedly from the so-called Borghese Album assembled by Sebastiano (see note below) sold by Chevalier Marchetti to Lord Somers 1701; found in Lyons after 1918; Hubert de Marignane, Paris (L. suppl. 1343a); Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd., London (their no. 42431 from old frame label);
Notes from AFGA file:
Note from Agnew accompanying the drawing at time of sale (1977) : Number conforms with those on the “so-called” Borghese album, an album of more than 1000 drawings, one of sixteen volumes bought by Lord Somers in 1701 from le chevalier Marchetti, nephew of the Bishop Marchetti of Arezzo ; album found in Lyons after World War I, bought by the Marignane family who dismembered the album and also exhibited the drawings in Monte Carlo in 1966 (their catalogue ref., unverified 1993: Dessins Italiens du XVe au XVIIIe Siècles de la Collection H. de Marignane . Monte Carlo: 1966).;
Nicholas Turner, British Museum (letter dated 6 Sept. 1984) disputes the identification of the Borghese album and the Padre Resta-Lord Somers connection, but notes that the British Museum does possess several drawings from the same number sequence as the AFGA drawing and calling them “so-called ex-Borghese numbers”.
Museum purchase, William H. Noble Bequest Fund
FAMSF, CPLH: Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Feb 21 - May 17,1981.;
AMSF, CPLH: Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 3 Aug - 13 Oct 1985. exh. cat. by Robert Flynn Johnson and Joseph R. Goldyne, cat.no.14 , p. 44, repr. p. 45, entry by Joseph R. Goldyne.;
FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: Italian Old Master Drawings from the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 2 Feb - 24 April 1994;
CPLH, TREASURES, 11 Nov 1995 - 3 March 1996.
r: sketch of transfiguration scene above, two studies for St. John with two figures plus four additional figure studies below;
v: study of horses and riders: soldier on horse at left sriking out, soldier falling from horse at right