Portrait of a Venetian Gentleman
oil on panel, transferred to panel
painted surface: 27.6 x 18 cm (10 7/8 x 7 1/16 in)
The early history of the painting is unknown.  Baron Alfred Charles de Rothschild [1842-1918], London and Halton House, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire; by inheritance to his daughter, Almina Victoria Marie Alexandra, Countess of Carnarvon [c. 1877-1969], London; (her sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 22 May 1925, no. 50); purchased by (P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London and New York), on joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., London and New York);  sold 1926 to Thornton Realty Co., New York. Mrs. J. Horace Harding [née Dorothea Barney, 1871-1935], New York, by 1929. (Simmons, New York); sold 1937 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1939 to NGA.  To the left of the signature is the number "98" and to the right, "44" (not visible in reproductions made before the painting was cleaned), which are evidently inventory numbers in former collections. Georg Gronau, Giovanni Bellini, New York, 1930: 213, proposed that the painting might be identical with one ("Bellino - ritratto d'homo con cornice d'oro") mentioned in the Arundel Collection (Lionel Cust, "Notes on the Collections Formed by Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey, K.G.," The Burlington Magazine XIX, no. 101 [August 1911]: 278-286), but the brief description could apply to any of Bellini's signed portraits of the standard type.  According to the Getty Provenance Index, the painting was Colnaghi's stock number A 1273, and Knoedler's London stock number 7467 and New York stock number 16203.