Inscribed on Richardson mount at lower center, "Battista Franco"; on verso of mount at upper center in pen and brown ink with Richardson's pressmark, "AA 50. / B"; at center in pen and brown ink, "1 S. 2. 83"; at lower center in pen and brown ink, "B[arry].D[elany]"; at lower left in pencil, "S.W.H.L. 1902".
The inchoate form at far right seems to depict a lion, the attribute associated with St. Jerome. However, the figure’s youth and short beard suggest that the present study might illustrate Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
Selected references: Fellows Report 1984, 259.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 259.
Watermark: none visible through lining.
Richardson, Jonathan, 1665-1745, former owner.
Gulston, Joseph, former owner.
Caylus, Anne Claude Philippe, comte de, 1692-1765, former owner.
Delaney, Barry, former owner.
Riggall, Edward, former owner.
Hugelshofer, Walter, 1899- former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.