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Possibly painted for Cardinal Benedetto Giustiniani (1554-1621), Palazzo Giustiniani, S. Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, by whom placed 'nella 2a camera contegua alla sopradetta', cf. his posthumous inventory, 1621, no. 86, 'Un quadro di San Giovanni Evangelista, senza cornice' (see Danesi Squarzina, 1997, see infra).
His brother, Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani (1564-1637), Palazzo Giustiniani, by whom placed 'Nella 7a Stanza seguitta alla suddetta all'entrare mano manca che ha le finestre, che rispondono al cortile', his posthumous inventory, 1638, I, nos. 170-2, 'Tre altri quadri della medesima grandezza uno con S. Gio. Evangelista di mano di Domenichino, senza cornice' (see Salerno, l960), and by descent through his heir,
Andrea Giustiniani, at the Palazzo Giustiniani, Rome (postumous inventory of Prince Benedetto Giustiniani, 1793, no. 73 and inventory of 1802, no. 101), until 1804 (when an offer of 6,500 scudi was declined, see infra).
Taken to Paris for Prince Giustiniani, probably before 1806, and sold there to Alexis Delahante, by whom taken to London.
with W. Harris, Bond Street, by whom sold to
Richard Hart Davis, M.P. (1766-1842), Grosvenor Square and Mortimer House, Clifton, Gloucestershire.
Sold en bloc with his collection in about 1813 to Phillip John Miles, M.P. (d. 1845), of Leigh Court, Somerset, where the picture was placed in the Saloon, and by descent to his grandson,
Sir Philip Miles, 2nd Bt. (1825-1888); Christie's, London, 28 June 1884, lot 22 (bought in at 700 guineas).
His son, Sir Cecil Miles, 3rd Bt. (1873-1898); his posthumous sale, Christie's, London, 13 May 1899, lot 19 (bought in at 100 guineas and subsequently sold for 70 guineas to M. Colnaghi).
A.L. Christie, Tapeley Park, Devonshire and Glyndebourne, East Sussex, and by descent.
THE PROPERTY OF A FAMILY TRUST
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London, National Gallery, on loan, July 1992-April 1994).