Bonifazio de' Pitati, called Bonifazio Veronese (Verona 1487-1553 Venice)
The Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome and Francis of Assisi
oil on panel
27¼ x 40¼ in. (69.3 x 102.3 cm.)
Catalogue of Pictures, Ancient and Modern. 35 Grosvenor Place, London, 1882, possibly no. 547, as Palma Vecchio.
O. Garnett, 'The Letters and Collection of William Graham - Pre-Raphaelite Patron and Pre-Raphael Collector', The Walpole Society, LXII, 2000, possibly p. 327, no. d240.
William Graham, M.P. (1817-1885), 35 Grosvenor Place, London, and by
descent through his daughter;
Amelia, wife of Sir Kenneth Muir Mackenzie, later 1st Baron Muir-Mackenzie (d. 1930), 12 Hyde Park, London, to their daughter;
Lady Clive (d.1971), wife of Sir Robert Clive, to their daughter;
Amy, Lady Harrison, and by descent to the present owners.
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We are grateful to Professor Peter Humfrey for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs. He regards it as an early work of circa 1525-30, when Bonifazio's style was still extremely close to that of Palma Vecchio, in whose studio he most probably trained as a young artist.