His deceased sale, London, Christie's, 1 June 1878, lot 103, where acquired by Bohn;
Private collection, Italy.
W. Frost, A.R.A. (revised by H. Reeve), A complete catalogue of the paintings, water-colour drawings, drawings, and prints, in the collection of the late Hugh Andrew Johnstone Munro, Esq., of Novar: at the time of his death deposited in his house, no. 6 Hamilton Place, London: with some additional paintings at Novar, privately printed 1865, p. 14 (as Schidone [sic]; The Holy Family, Joseph at work);
N. Roio and E. Negro, Bartolomeo Schedoni, Modena 2000, p. 118, cat. no. 129P, (as untraced).
Stylistically this rapidly-executed panel should perhaps be dated to the artist's maturity when he was working at the court of Duke Ranuccio Farnese in Parma. The model used for the figure of Joseph, bald and ruddy-skinned, recurs throughout his career, including in another intimate panel, depicting the Rest on the Flight into Egypt, sold Sotheby's, New York, 26 January 2012, lot 36, for $660,000. The other version of that panel, in the Galleria di Capodimonte in Naples, was also painted while the artist worked for the Farnese family in Parma.
Gustav Waagen, the great commentator of collections in the United Kingdom in the nineteenth century, described the painting thus when he saw it in the collection of Hugh Munro of Novar, the important patron of Turner: 'Schidone [sic]... The Holy Family, treated as a domestic subject in common life. The Virgin is sewing, Joseph carpentering. Very powerful in colour, and as finished as a miniature'.
We are grateful to Professor Daniele Benati, Dottor Emilio Negro and Dottoressa Nicosetta Roio for independently endorsing the attribution on the basis of a digital image.
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