Cima da Conegliano
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
oil on panel, transferred to canvas
48 x 40 cm (18 7/8 x 15 3/4 in)
Probably W.N. Hill, Bath;  (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 30 November - 1 December 1827, no. 59); bought by Radcliff.  Alexander Orloff-Davidoff, Saint Petersburg, by 1896;  sold 1930 to Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham [1868-1947], Old Quarries, Gloucestershire;  (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); purchased June 1935 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1939 to NGA.  Francis Russell, "Review of Peter Humfrey, Cima da Conegliano, Cambridge, 1983," Journal of the Royal Society of Arts 132 (1984): 410, connects the Washington panel with that sold by Hill, described as "Cima di Conegliano: St. Jerome's Penitence, with romantic scenery, small upright, highly finished."  Buyer according to annotated auctioneer catalogue, Christie's Archive, London. The catalogue describes the seller as a gentleman who had lived in Italy for twenty years.  All references are simply to "Orloff-Davidoff collection," except for a note (in NGA curatorial files) stating "probably Alexander, according to a relative." Fritz Harck, "Notizen über italienische Bilder in petersburger Sammlungen," Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft 19 (1896): 434, indicates that when the painting was in this collection the inscription read "Joannis bellinus opus."  Ellis K. Waterhouse stated that he saw the painting when it was being sold in London in 1930 from the Orloff-Davidoff collection; Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XV-XVI Century, London, 1968: 60 n. 3.  The bill of sale, dated 12 June 1935 was for a total of twenty-one paintings (copy in NGA curatorial files).