Pen and iron gall ink on buff laid paper, laid down on ivory wove paper
Inscribed verso (possibly in Guercino's own hand), across bottom, in pen and brown ink: "Ricordo p[er] comprare un terzo unzio di [...] /oltra mare che sia bello e sopra il [...]/cotile p [er] lavorare in un rame piccolo/in un panno della Madona dal/ [...] R.A. Padre don Marcho da/ Venecia pro [vedi]dore di detto [...] in Santa Maria al Va [...] à Ferrara"; verso, upper center, on mount, in pen and brown ink: "Francesco Barbieri detto il Guercino"
25.8 × 17.4 cm (10 3/16 × 6 7/8 in.)
The Charles Deering Collection
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Leo Planiscig and Hermann Voss, Drawings of Old Masters from the Collection of Dr. Benno Geiger
(Zurich: Amalthea, c. 1920), no. 35 (ill.).
Harold Joachim and Suzanne McCullagh, Italian Drawings in the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979), no. 61, pl. 70.
Dennis Mahon and Nicholas Turner, The Drawings of Guercino in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), under no. 33, p. 18.
St. Louis Art Museum, “Italian Drawings Selected from Midwestern Collections,” Feb. 25-Apr. 16, 1972, cat. 31 (ill.).
Harvard University Museums, “Guercino: Master Draftsman, Works from North American Collections,” Feb 16-Mar. 31, 1991, cat. 13, pp. 70-71 (ill.).
Dr. Benno Geiger (née 1882) Vienna. Charles Deering (1852–1927), Chicago [stamp (Lugt 516)]; by descent to his daughters, Mrs. Chauncey McCormick (née Marion Deering; 1886–1965), Chicago and Mrs. Richard Ely Danielson (née Barbara Deering; 1885–1957), Chicago; given to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1927.
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