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Conde de Adanero, mid-19th century.
Marques de Castro Serna, 1902-8.
Conde de Campo Giro, 1927.
Marques de Albayda.
Anonymous sale [Property of a Family]; Christie's, London, 13 December 1996, lot 129, where acquired by the present owner.
Property from the Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr. Collection
M.B. Cossio, El Greco, Madrid, 1908, no. 99, as 'De caracteres dudosos'.
J. Camon Aznar, Dominico Greco, Madrid, 1950, no. 638.
H. Soehner, 'Greco in Spanien', II, Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst, IX-X, 1958-9, p. 159, and III, no. 196, fig. 44, as 'workshop'.
H.E. Wethey, El Greco and his School, Princeton, 1962, II, pp. 234-5, no. X-334, as 'workshop'.
T. Frati, L'opera completa del Greco, Milan, 1969, no. 132w.
J. Camon Aznar, Dominico Greco, 2nd ed., Madrid, 1970, II, p. 1373, no. 631.
Madrid, Museo Nacional de Pintura, Exposición de las obras del Greco, 1902, no. 52.