Description & Technical information

The attribution of this drawing, which may be dated to the first or second decade of the 18th century, has been confirmed by Marco Riccòmini.

Date:  1710-20s
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  Italy
Medium: Pen, Brown ink
Signature:  Inscribed (by Horace Walpole) Donato Creti on the backing sheet.

Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 cm (4¹/₈ x 2⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex
By descent to his cousin’s daughter, Anne Seymour Damer, and thence to his great niece, Laura, Countess of Waldegrave, by 1811
Thence by descent to George Waldegrave, 7th Earl of Waldegrave
His sale of the contents of Strawberry Hill, London, George Robins, 13 June 1842 onwards, possibly part of lot 1262 (‘A folio, containing upwards of 100 drawings, chiefly by Italian and Spanish artists of the highest attainments, of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries…’) or lot 1263 (‘A volume, uniformly bound with the preceding, containing upwards of 100 drawings, chiefly by Italian and Spanish artists of the same date…’), both lots bt. Tiffin for £21 and £42, respectively
Prof. Sir Albert Richardson, P.R.A., Avenue House, Ampthill, Bedfordshire; Thence by descent until 2013.


Literature: Huon Mallalieu, ‘The forgotten Professor’, Country Life, 2 October 2013, p.113.


Exhibitions: Twickenham, Orleans House Gallery, Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill, 1980, no.200 (as Ascribed to Donato Creti).


Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints