Saint George and the Dragon
oil on panel
137.8 x 97.6 cm (54 1/4 x 38 7/16 in)
Probably commissioned c. 1518 by Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Purchased from an unknown collector or dealer in Siena by Bertram Arthur Talbot, 17th Earl of Shrewsbury [d. 1856], Alton Towers, Stafford, England; (Shrewsbury sale, Christie & Manson, London, 4 July 1857, no. 151). Sir John Charles Robinson [1824-1913], London; sold 1868 to 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;  (Francis A. Drey, London); sold February 1947 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1952 to NGA.  The painting is included in Robinson's Memoranda on Fifty Pictures, London, 1868: no. 9. Most of the paintings described were sold to Cook the same year.  The record of the sale to the Kress Foundation (see note 3) 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.  Drey sold five Cook paintings to the Kress Foundation, including the Sodoma (bill of sale dated 18 Feruary 1947; copy in NGA curatorial files).