The Coronation of the Virgin
tempera and oil on poplar panel
90.5 x 222.9 cm (35 5/8 x 87 3/4 in)
William Blundell Spence [1815-1900], Florence, by c. 1860; sold February 1861 to William Schomberg Robert Kerr, 8th marquess of Lothian [1832-1870], Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith, Scotland;  by inheritance to his brother, Schomberg Henry Kerr, 9th marquess of Lothian [1833-1900], Newbattle Abbey; by inheritance to his son, Robert Schomberg Kerr, 10th marquess of Lothian [1874-1930], Newbattle Abbey; by inheritance to his cousin, Philip Henry Kerr, 11th marquess of Lothian [1882-1940], Newbattle Abbey;  (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 1940 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1943 to NGA.  See John Fleming, "Art Dealing in the Risorgimento. Part 3," The Burlington Magazine 121, no. 918 (September 1979): 571 n. 28. According to a letter from Spence to the marquess of Lothian, dated 9 February 1861, preserved in the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh (SRO GD 40/9/407/11), the panel was at that date already in the latter's possession; see Robert M.G. Wenley's written communication of 4 December 1989 in NGA curatorial files.  The panel is still cited as belonging to the collection of the marquess of Lothian in Bernard Berenson, The Drawings of Florentine Painters, 2nd rev. ed., 3 vols., ed. Fern Rush Shapley, Chicago, 1938: 2:147; presumably it was sold shortly after the death of the 11th marquess in 1940.  Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:260.