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North Italian 15th Century
Profile Portrait of a Boy

c. 1460/1470
tempera and oil on poplar panel
25.1 x 17.8 cm (9 7/8 x 7 in)
Otto Mündler [1811-1870], Paris; (his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, possibly 27 November 1871, no. 48, or 30 November 1871, no. 52); [1] Gustave Dreyfus [1937-1914], Paris; his heirs; purchased 1930 with the entire Dreyfus collection by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); [2] sold March 1937 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] The item in question is listed, without measurements, as "Petit portrait d'homme vue en buste" and attributed to Morone in the catalogue of 27 November and as "Petit portrait d'homme" by an unknown artist in the catalogue of 30 November. [2] See Die Sammlung..., 1930: 448; Frank Rutter, "Notes from Abroad," International Studio 96 (August 1930): 65; Frank Rutter, "Notes from Abroad. The Dreyfus Collection--Other Notes," International Studio 97 (September 1930): 60-62; as well as Carlyle Burrows, "Letter from New York," Apollo 13 (1931): 110-111. [3] The Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale of twenty-four paintings, including NGA 1939.1.263, is dated 9 March 1937; the provenance is given as "Dreyfus Collection" (copy in NGA curatorial files; reel 329, box 474, folder 5, Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles).
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