Marks and labels: painted on frame: 'GUIDO RENI'; fillet on frame: 'after GUIDO RENI'; label on reverse in hand of Thomas William Holburne: 'In a room belonging to the Picture Gallery / at Capell, and containing chiefly pictures / By Guido, is the sketch of Dr Falconer's / Madonna and Child, thus described in the / Landgrave's catalogue: / §No 17 Guido Reni / 'Maria with the sleeping child Jesus in her right' / The leans supported by her left / On Canvas one foot 4 ¼ high 1 foot 4 ½ Inches Wide§[.] / The above is a literal translation from the German[.] / The picture above described was purchased by me at the / Sale of Dr Falconer's effects[.] / T William Holburne'.
Previous attributions: Catalogue of the Pictures and Library, Engravings, Etchings and Miniatures, Belonging to Sir Thomas William Holburne, Bart., Bath, 1867, cat. no. 181: 'Carlo Moratti's daughter' (back drawing room); Catalogue of the Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum by W.Chaffers, London, 1887, cat. no. 1500: 'Carlo Maratti's daughter'; F. Möckler, Holburne of Menstrie Art Museum, Bath, 1902, cat. no. 198: 'after Guido Reni'; hand written register of paintings, watercolours and miniatures, giving inventory numbers with ‘A' prefix still in use, by G. Holden, Curator 1917-1926, compiled shortly after move to Sydney Hotel, cat. no. 274: 'after Guido Reni'; Martin: 'Guido Reni'; Alastair Laing, 1988: 'Another version of a disputed picture in the Cathedral of Agrigento. Its dark tonality makes it look like a Neapolitan copy; but it is in a superb French Rococo frame (with arms at the top cut out at the Revoution?) so may have an interesting provenance'; Notes on the Italian paintings compiled by Brunella Mazzardo, volunteer researcher, and Michael Liversidge, University of Bristol, 2002: 'Copied from an original c.1630-40 by Guido Reni in the Duomo, Agrigento [Sicily]. The sleeping Christ child is closely modelled on Reni's figure; the Virgin head and the features, however, suggest a copyist working in the 18th century with a knowledge of Carlo Maratta's work. (requires examination of canvas to ascertain date).'