Circle of Andrea Mantegna (Possibly Correggio)
Madonna and Child
oil on canvas
56.3 x 41 cm (22 1/8 x 16 1/8 in)
Probably John Smith-Barry [b. 1725], Marbury Hall, Northwich, Cheshire;  by inheritance to his son, James Hugh Smith-Barry [1748/1749-1801], Marbury Hall; by inheritance to his illegitimate son, John Smith-Barry [1793-1837], Marbury Hall; by inheritance to his son, James Hugh Smith-Barry [1816-1856], Marbury Hall; by inheritance to his son, Arthur Hugh Smith-Barry, 1st [and last] baron Barrymore [1843-1925], Marbury Hall; (his estate sale, Sotheby's, London, 21 June 1933, no. 89, as by Mantegna); acquired by Borenius for (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);  sold March 1937 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1939 to NGA.  The preface to the 1933 sale catalogue discusses the history of the collection, and the Smith-Barry family owners are detailed by the Getty Provenance Index; see also Burke's Irish Family Records, London, 1976: 76-77.  The List of purchasers and prices realized, in the NGA Library copy of the sale catalogue, confirms that no. 89 was purchased by Dr. Borenius. According to an annotated copy of the sales catalogue in the Waterhouse collection at the Getty Research Institute, Borenius was buying for Duveen.  The Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale of twenty-four paintings, including NGA 1939.1.266, is dated 9 March 1937; the provenance is given as "Lord Barrymore Collection" (copy in NGA curatorial files; Box 474, Folder 5, Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles).