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Filippino Lippi
The Coronation of the Virgin

c. 1475
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; [1] 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; [2] (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold 1940 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1943 to NGA. [1] 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. [2] 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. [3] Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:260.
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