Inscribed in lower left corner, in pen and black ink, "ticiano / illegible (cancelled) / 36"; at lower right, in graphite, "36"; on verso, at lower center, in pen and black ink, "Titian".
The drawing probably depicts the assassination of St. Peter Martyr, a subject made famous in Venice from its treatment by Titian in an altarpiece for SS. Giovanni e Paolo (destroyed before 1867). The old attribution on the drawing must refer to the Titian painting. Saint Peter Martyr was a Dominican friar, who in 1252 was murdered in a wood by heretics. His companion was also attacked and wounded but escaped. Giovanni Bellini (ca. 1431/1436-1516) and Bernardino da Asola (fl. 1512-1531) also treated the subject (both National Gallery, London1), though the drawing does not correspond to any of these paintings.
The drawing may well be a copy and probably dates from the late sixteenth or seventeenth century.
- National Gallery, London, inv. NG812, NG41.
Acquired as Bassano school?.
Bassano, Jacopo, approximately 1518-1592, School of, Formerly attributed to.
Lawrence, Thomas, Sir, 1769-1830, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Hodgson, James Stewart, 1826-1899, former owner.
Woodburn, Samuel, 1785 or 1786-1853, former owner.
Schatzki, Walter, 1899-1983, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.