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Giovanni Bellini
Saint Jerome Reading

oil on lindenwood panel
painted surface: 47 x 37.5 cm (18 1/2 x 14 3/4 in)
Frederick John Monson, 5th baron Monson [1809-1841], Gatton Park, near Reigate, Surrey; by inheritance to his cousin, William John Monson, 6th baron Monson [1796-1862], Gatton Park and Burton Hall, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to his son, William John Monson, viscount Oxenbridge and 7th baron Monson [1829-1898], Burton Hall, Lincolnshire; (Monson sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 12 May 1888, no. 12); purchased by Murray [probably Charles Fairfax Murray [1849-1919, London and Florence]. Charles Butler [1822-1910], London and Warren Wood, Hatfield, Hertford; purchased 1891 by Robert Henry [1850-1929] and Evelyn Holford [1856-1943] Benson, London and Buckhurst Park, Sussex; sold 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 1 October 1928 to Clarence H. Mackay [1874-1938], Roslyn, New York; [1] (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold May 1936 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, Special Collections, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Series I Business Records, New York Sales Lists 1922-1928. [2] The Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale of thirteen paintings and one sculpture, including NGA 1939.1.217, is dated 18 May 1936; the provenance is given as "Benson Coll'n" (copy in NGA curatorial files; Box 474, Folder 5, Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles).
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