(Probably) acquired from the artist by Don Fabrizio Valguarnera (d. 1632), before March 1631, for 30 scudi, and listed in his inventory as ‘Il quadretto di S. Ignazio cola Mad.a et altri santi piccolo’.
A French Marshal, by 1770 (according to an old inscription on the reverse).
Private collection, Ireland, where purchased by Brian Sewell, by the early 1960s.
J. Costello, 'The twelve pictures "ordered by Velasquez" and the trial of Valguarnera', in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XIII, London, 1950, pp. 271 & 273.
A. Sutherland Harris, Masters of the Loaded Brush: Oil Sketches from Rubens to Tiepolo, exhib. cat., New York, 1967, p. 12.
A. Sutherland Harris, 'Andrea Sacchi and Emilio Savonanzi at the Collegio Romano', The Burlington Magazine, CX, no. 782, May 1968, pp. 250-53, illustrated, fig. 21.
Bulletin of the National Gallery of Canada, Ontario, 1969, no. 5 (illustrated).
A. Sutherland Harris, Andrea Sacchi, Complete Edition of the Paintings, Oxford, 1977, p. 57, no. 16, illustrated, colour plate IV and fig. 26.
La Fondazione Roberto Longhi a Firenze, Milan, 1980, p. 279, under no. 92.
O. Ferrari, Bozzetti italiani dal Manierismo al Barocco, Naples, 1990, p. 231, p. 231, illustrated.
B. Sewell, Outsider - always almost: never quite, London, 2011, illustrated.
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., Masters of the Loaded Brush: Oil Sketches from Rubens to Tiepolo, 4 April - 29 April, 1967, no. 6.
Nettuno, Forte Sangallo, Andrea Sacchi 1599-1661, 20 November 1999 - 16 January 2000, no. 2.