Attributed to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (Florence 1483-1561) A Dominican saint with subsidiary studies of a landscape and a face with inscription 'Fra: Bartolomeo' on the mount black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, the outlines pricked, losses, on a 17th Century Italian album page 8 7/8 x 5 5/8 in. (226 x 143 mm.)
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Attributed to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (Florence 1483-1561)
H. Shemilt, from whom bought by
Raoul Millais, by whom given to the present owner.
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The subject is perhaps Saint Thomas Aquinas or Saint Nicholas of Tolentino. The pricking suggests that the drawing was made in preparation for an embroidery design, perhaps for a cope. The attribution to Ghirlandaio was proposed by Francis Russell (loc. cit.), and was tentatively supported by William Griswold in a letter dated June 1990.