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The Holy Family
The Holy Family

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The Holy Family

Nicolas Poussin(French, 1594-1665)

Oil on canvas
28 x 22 1/8 in. ( 71.1 x 57.2 cm) Framed: 34 x 28 x 2 1/2 in. ( 86.4 x 71.1 x 6.4 cm)
European Painting
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Wilkinson
Accession No.
Rome, Collection Giovanni Stefano Roccatagliata (dealer in pictures, died 1652), delivered by the artist from Paris in 1642; Possibly bequeathed by Roccatagliata to Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (younger brother of Cassiano dal Pozzo); By descent to his son, Gabariele dal Pozzo; Collection Boccapaduli (cited in inventory of 1740, no.59); Rome, Collection Louis-Auguste le Tonnelier de Breteuil (1722-1785), called "Bailli de Breteuil," (ambassador of Malta in Rome, acquired in 1760 & possibly sold in Dec. 1760 at Lebrun with other paintings belonging to Breteuil; See Lugt 1128); London, Collection Robert Ansell, London (by 1770); London, auction Ansell (Christie's) 15 Feb. 1771, lot 72; bt. by Lord Melbourne; Derbyshire, Great Britain, Melbourne House, Collection Peniston Lamb, first Viscount Melbourne (1779-1829), By inheritance to Collection William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne (1779-1848); By inheritance to Collection Frederick James Lamb, brother of William Lamb, third Viscount Melbourne (1782-1853); estates passed to his sister Emily Mary, formerly wife of the fifth Earl Cowper and then Lady Palmerson (1787-1869); By inheritance the Palmerston property passed to Collection W.F. Cowper-Temple, later Baron Mount Temple, second son of Lady Palmerston by Earl Cowper, and subsequently to her grandson Evelyn Ashley (1836-1907); London, Collection Captain Langton Douglas (dealer-sold, 17 Nov. 1924, to Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Whitcomb); Detroit, Collection Mr. & Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, Detroit (died 1953); By descent to Collection Mrs. Harriet Whitcomb Wilkinson, Detroit in 1953, by whom given to the DIA in 1954.
canvas, oil, paint, religion, interior, christian


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