24 April 2009
PROPERTY OF THE DUKE OF WESTMINSTER
Ventura Salimbeni (Siena 1568-before 1613)
oil on panel
12¾ x 9¾ in. (32.4 x 24.8 cm.)
Purchased 'on the Continent, about 1760' by Sir Charles Whitworth (according to Jameson), from whom acquired by
Welbore Ellis Agar (1735-1805), Commissioner of Customs, by whom bequeathed as part of his collection to his two illegitimate sons,
Welbore Felix and Emmanuel Felix Agar, from whom purchased en bloc, in 1806 by
Robert, 2nd Earl of Grosvenor and subsequently 1st Marquess of Westminster, K.G., P.C. (1767-1845), and by descent in the Westminster collection at Grosvenor House, London and Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
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A. Jameson, Companion to the Most Celebrated Private Galleries of Art in London, London, 1844, p. 244, no. 10, as 'Baroccio'.
A. Young, Catalogue of the Pictures at Grosvenor House, London, 1821, p. 17, no. 57, pl. 17, as 'Baroccio'.
Traditionally given to Federico Barocci, the attribution of this panel to Ventura Salimbeni was first proposed by Aidan Weston-Lewis and confirmed by John Marciari, to whom we are grateful. They have noted the existence of a close version in the collection of the Monte dei Paschi in Siena (inv. no. 381489). That version, of lesser quality, measures 34 x 25.5 cm, and is dated to circa 1600.
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