Property from a Private Collection
Cento 1637 - 1688 Bologna
Saint John the Baptist
later inscribed on the reverse: Scola Bolognese Gurcino
and in another hand: Comprata dal signor / A.C. Onslow / per il signor Longfield / 30 giugno 1868
oil on canvas
unframed: 69 x 56 cm.; 27 1/8 x 22 in.
framed: 99 x 84 cm.; 39 x 33 1/8 in.
The canvas has an old and effective lining. The varnish has oxidised and darkened, the paint surface is dirty and discoloured. There are no major damages visible, only a handful of scattered discoloured retouchings. Inspection under ultra violet light confirms the scattered retouchings - the varnish underneath them fluoresces opaque under UV and it's hard to make out any possible earlier restoration. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame in fair condition with a few chips and losses.
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Giuseppe Valmori, Florence, January 1868;
Acquired by A.C. Onslow, 30 June 1868, on behalf of
Mr Longfield (probably Richard Edmund Longfield, b. 1842), Longueville House, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland (according to an inscription on the reverse);
Thence by descent, until acquired by the grandfather of the present owner, and by descent.
Another version of this composition, formerly in the Luigi Koelliker collection, Milan, is published in Nicholas Turner's recent catalogue raisonné as by Guercino.1
1 See N. Turner, The paintings of Guercino, Rome 2017, p. 600, cat. no. 309, reproduced.