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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione
Allegory of Vanity

oil on canvas
99 x 144 cm (39 x 56-3/4 in)
Jean Baptiste Boyer d’Aguilles [1645–1709], Aix-en-Provence; by inheritance to Pierre Boyer d’Aguilles, Aix-en-Provence; bought October 1773 by Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Palmerston [1739–1802], “Broadlands,” near Romsey, Hampshire; Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston [1784–1865]; by inheritance, along with “Broadlands,” to William Francis Cowper, the 5th Earl Cowper; [1] inherited 1888 by his nephew The Rt. Hon. Anthony Evelyn Melbourne Ashley [1836–1907]; his son Wilfrid William Ashley [1867–1939] Baron Mount Temple of Lee, 1932; by inheritance to his daughter, The Hon. Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley [1901-1960], Countess of Mountbatten of Burma after marrying Lord Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma [1900-1979], until late 1951; (Julius Weitzner, New York), after winter 1951; sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 7 February 1952; gift 1961 to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, no. F61-69. [1] W. F. Cowper later took the additional name of Temple, becoming W. F. Cowper-Temple; in 1880 he became Baron Mount Temple.
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