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Sebastiano del Piombo
Portrait of a Young Woman as a Wise Virgin

c. 1510
oil on hardboard, transferred from panel
54.7 x 47.5 cm (21 9/16 x 18 11/16 in)
Jan and Jacobus van Veerle, Antwerp, by 1650. Edward White, London, by 1870; (probably his sale, Christie's, London, 5 April 1872); purchased by (Colnaghi's, London and New York) for Sir Francis Cook, 1st Bt. [1817-1901], Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey; by inheritance to his son, Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bt. [1844-1920], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bt. [1868-1939], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook, 4th Bt. [1907-1978], Doughty House, and Cothay Manor, Somerset; [1] (Francis A. Drey, London); sold February 1947 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1952 to NGA. [1] The record of the sale to the Kress Foundation (see note 2) states that the painting is from "the collection of the late Sir Herbert Cook of Richmond (Surrey) England." The 4th Bt. inherited the collection and managed its dispersal after World War II with the trustees of the Cook estate. [2] Drey sold five Cook paintings to the Kress Foundation, including Sebastiano del Piombo's "Portrait of a Lady" (bill of sale dated 18 February 1947; copy in NGA curatorial files).
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