Ottley, who believed the drawing to be the work of Fra' Bartolommeo, wrote in his text facing the plate (p. 23) that it 'is evidently a later performance, and appears to be a study for the centre of one of his large altar-pieces. The figure of the Virgin is simple and dignified, and the Infant has a sweetness, and at the same time a playfulness, of expression, which it is creditable to the engraver to have so well imitated.'
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