About This Artwork

Sebastiano Ricci
Italian, 1659-1734

The Continence of Scipio, c. 1706

Oil on canvas
140 x 182 cm (55 x 71 1/2 in.)

Preston O. Morton Memorial Fund, 1970.106

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, NY, Finch College Museum of Art, A Loan Exhibition of Venetian Baroque Paintings, 1964, no. 49.

Memphis, TN, Brooks Memorial Art Gallery / Lexington, KY, University of Kentucky Art Gallery, Sebastiano and Marco Ricci in America, December 19, 1965 - January 23, 1966 / February 13 - March 6, 1966, no. 8.

Norfolk, VA, Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, Italian Renaissance and Baroque Paintings from the Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., December 2, 1967 - May 15, 1968, no. 51.

London, P & D Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., Paintings by Old Masters, October 21 - November 7, 1969, no. 18.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, March 17 - June 7, 2015, no. 101.

Publication History

Arthur Young’s Tour of Ireland (1776-1779), ed. Arthur Wollaston Hutton, vol. I, London, 1892: 387-8.

Portland, Oregon, Portland Art Museum, Paintings from the Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., exhib. cat., 1956, p. 34, under no. 43.

“Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions,” Burlington Magazine, 111 (1969): 695.

“Notable Works of Art now on the Market,” Burlington Magazine, 111 (1969 supplement), pl. lxi.

L. Winer, “Two Shows Span the Centuries,” Chicago Tribune September 16, 1970. Section 2, p. 1.

La Chronique des Arts. No. 1225 (February 1971): 79.

J. Butler, “The American way with art” The Connoisseur, 176, no. 708 (1971): 132.

J. Daniels. Sebastiano Ricci. Sussex, 1976, no. 73.

J. Daniels. L’opera completa di Sebastiano Ricci. Milan, 1976, no. 194.

Annalisa Scarpa, Sebastiano Ricci, Milan 2006, p. 175, no. 85.

William Laffan, "Colonial Ireland: Artistic Crossroads" in Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840, exh. cat., Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, 2015, p. 29, cat. 101, fig. 20.

Ownership History

Probably Mr. Oliver, Castle Oliver, County Limerick, Ireland, by 1776 [The Continence of Scipio was mentioned with other paintings by Ricci in Arthur Young’s Tour of Ireland (1776-1779); probably by descent to Edith Jane Thomasina Morris of Dunkathal, County Cork,who married Sir George Colthurst of Blarney Castle in 1881 (letter of Margaret Lantry dated 11 November, 2008 and of Sir Charles Colthurst of 8 September 2003 in curatorial file); by descent to Sir Richard St. John Jefferyes Colthurst, 8th Bt., Blarney Castle, Cork, Ireland; sold Sotheby’s, 27 February 1952, lot 141, to David M. Koester, New York. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York, by 1956 [it is referred to, but not included in, the Portland, Oregon, exhibition catalogue]; Colnaghi’s, London, by 1969 [see Colnaghi 1969, no. 18]; sold to AIC, May 1970.




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