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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The Virgin of the Annunciation

oil on canvas
72.4 x 57.2 cm (28-1/2 x 22-1/2 in)
Anonymous Collection, Seville, Spain. Joseph Bonaparte [1768-1844], King of Naples and Spain. Wynn Ellis [1790-1875], London; (his sale, Christie's, London,17 June 1876, no. 36); bought by (Waters) or (John Charles Robinson). [1] Sir Francis Cook, 1st Bart. [1817-1901], Doughty House, Surrey; by inheritance to Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bart. [1844-1920] Doughty House; by inheritance to Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bart. [1868-1939], Doughty House; by inheritance to Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook, 4th Bart.. [1907-1978] Doughty House; (Rosenberg and Stiebel, Inc. New York); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 23 October 1951; gift 1961 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, no. 61.70. [1] Differing annotated sale catalogues give Waters or Robinson (J.C.R.) as buyer, but according to Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977, p. 219, Waters was the purchaser. Robinson did buy many paintings for Cook at auction, it is possible Waters was buying for Robinson.
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