A smaller autograph replica of the composition, of smaller dimensions and horizontal in shape, is located in the Musée Fabre, Montpellier. An anonymous copy is also recorded in the former collection of Cardinal Joseph Fesch.1
Until recently, this picture (along with lot 239) formed part of the illustrious Spencer collection, where it hung at Althorp House for over a century, along with masterpieces by Rubens, van Dyck, Giordano and Guercino. To this day, the Spencer collection remains one of the most important intact family collections in Europe, one began in earnest by Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland (1641-1702).
1. See literature, Thuillier 2000, op.cit., cat. nos. 5-2 and 5-3.
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