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Attributed to Giovanni Bellini
Giovanni Emo

c. 1475/1480
oil on panel, transferred to canvas mounted on panel
painted surface: 46.9 x 32.6 cm (18 7/16 x 12 13/16 in)
Dr. Pellegrini, Venice; sold 1786 to Sir Abraham Hume [1749-1838], Wormley Bury, Hertfordshire; [1] by inheritance to his grandson, John Hume Cust, 2nd viscount Alford [1812-1851], Ashridge Park, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire [painting at Ashridge Park]; [2] by inheritance to his son, John William Spencer Brownlow Egerton-Cust, 2nd earl Brownlow [1842-1867], Ashridge Park; by inheritance to his brother, Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd earl Brownlow [1844-1921], Ashridge Park; his estate; (Brownlow sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 4 and 7 May 1923, 1st day, no. 12); purchased by Vickers for (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); sold May 1936 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] A Descriptive Catalogue of a Collection of Pictures...Belonging to [Sir Abraham Hume], London, 1824: no. 2, as The Portrait of Bartolomeo Cogliani or Coleoni. [2] On 24 July 1810, John Cust, 1st viscount Alford, 2nd baron and 1st earl Brownlow [1779-1853], married Sophia, the second daughter and co-heir of Sir Abraham Hume; she died in 1814 and was the first of his three wives. Their first child was John Hume Cust, who died two years before his father and so never succeeded to the earldom. (See The Dictionary of National Biography 10: 208-209, and Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 1956: 302-303.) [3] The Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale of thirteen paintings and one sculpture, including NGA 1939.1.224, is dated 18 May 1936; the provenance is given as "Coll'n. of late Third Earl Brownlow" (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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