Provenance Research

Salvator Rosa (1615-1673)
Italy
The Finding of Moses, late 1650s
Oil on canvas
53 x 38 in. (134.6 x 96.5 cm)
Fanny Bryce Lehmer Endodwment, 1980.255

Signed lower left: "S. R."

Alternate Titles:
Ritrovamento di Mosè

Description:
A stormy landscape with five women grouped together beside a river. Three hold a woven basket in which rests a baby. One of them stands with her right hand held up to the sky. A scarred tree is at left.

Provenance:

Ca. 1785:   Welbore Ellis [1713-1802], London [1]
     
By May 1952:   Francesco Festa, Rome, sold through (Ettore Sestieri, Rome, to) [2]
     
May 1952-1968:   (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and Pinakos, Inc., New York, later wholly owned by [3])
     
1968-ca. 1976:   (Pinakos, Inc., New York)
     
By 1976:   (Heinemann Gallery, New York, consigned to)
     
1976-1980:   (Thomas Agnew & Sons, sold to)
     
1980-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Ellis was pronounced 1st Baron of Mendip in 1794. The painting was engraved for John Boydell in 1785 while in Ellis' collection.

[2] Correspondence, November 11, 1992.

[3] M. Knoedler & Co. sold its share in the painting to Pinakos, Inc. in 1968. Pinakos, Inc. was owned by Rudolf Heinemann [d. 1975], proprietor of the Heinemann Gallery.

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