Inscribed on mount at lower left, in black ink, "Cambiaso"; to the right of this, in graphite(?) effaced inscription; at lower right, in graphite, "ed".
The Morgan sheet is one of many drawings by Cambiaso and members of his studio showing a sea-nymph frolicking with two or more putti and a dolphin, holding a banderole. Other versions of the subject are in the Louvre (inv. 9318, 9319, 9320, 9317); Metropolitan Museum, New York (inv. 87.12.17, probably a copy); and the Harvard Art Museums (inv. 1965.368). The ultimate source of the image is Raphael’s fresco of Galatea in the Villa Farnesina, Rome, as in particular the Fogg drawing makes clear. The only known painted version by Cambiaso of the subject depicts Venus on a shell astride a dolphin with Cupid and is in the Galleria Borghese, Rome (inv. 123; Moreno and Stefani 2000, 246, no. 17).
New York 1939, 21, no. 71; Mongan and Sachs 1940, I, no. 75.
Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, I, 103, repr.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.