Inscribed in lower right corner, in pen and brown ink, "103 (cut off)."
A. E. Popham connected the current study to Parmigianino’s etching of the same subject, though the drawing and the print differ in composition.1 The differences are quite extensive, suggesting that the Morgan sheet belongs to an early stage in the design process. Popham rightly noted that the guard at lower left in the drawing is unmistakably the same (in reverse) as the one in the etching.
- Popham 1971, 1: 122, no. 310. For the etching, see The Illustrated Bartsch 32: 12, no. 6.
Selected references: Popham 1971, 1: 122, no. 310; Gnann 2007, 1: 421-22, no. 456.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.