|National Gallery of Art, |
Washington DC 2013.130.1 [Source]
I could picture the initial in my mind's eye, having seen it in a Sotheby's catalogue, but could not remember which one. Today I found it: it was sold on 9 July 1973, lot 14, and was bought by Ian Woodner for £13,000; it was not part of the Woodner bequest to the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, in 1991, but was given in 2013.
Combining information from the 1973 description; the description of a sister-cutting, sold at Sotheby's, 17 June 1997, lot 30; and the NGA website, we can reconstruct the provenance as follows:
- Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence: cut from fol.31 of the 3rd volume of a 4-volume Gradual (now Florence, Bibl. Laurenziana, Cod.Cor.3), written in 1409 for the Camaldolese monastery and illuminated in two stages in the first and second quarters of the century. [One of the other cuttings from the same volume is here; further information is here].
- Probably owned by William Young Ottley (1771-1836), who "brought to England" the sister-cutting sold in 1997, which had been "stolen by the French at the Revolution".
- Samuel Woodburn (1783-1853), London picture-dealer; sold at Christie's, 25 May 1854, lot 982.
- Henry George Bohn (1796-1884), bookseller and publisher; sold at Christie's, 23 March 1885, lot 535.
- Sir Herbert Jekyll (1846-1932), by 1903 (see below); lent in 1926-27 by Agnes, Lady Jekyll (1861-1937) to the BFAC exhibition.
- Mrs Humphrey Cox; sold at Sotheby's, 7 September 1973, lot 14.
- Ian Woodner (1903-1990), New York; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner, New York, 1990; gift to the NGA, 2013.