Oil painting on canvas, Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, follower of Correggio (Correggio c.1489 – Correggio 1534), 16th century. Madonna, sitting in a cave with the Child on her lap, and the Infant St John the Baptist on the left, an opening in the cave to the far left, depicts Joseph entering the cave carrying a sack; blue sky above.
Possibly Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, and Frederick, 1st Marquess of Bristol/ The painting may well have formed part of the Earl Bishops collection. It can perhaps be identified with No.46 (The Virgin and Child after correggio) in the catalogue of effects belonging to the estate of the late Earl Bishop, shown to the public in the period 1804-1806, in Rome, and subsequently sold by his heirs and creditors, some of which were bought back by the Bishops son, the 1st Marquess (see Figgis, 1992, Chapter 5, p.93.)
The painting is recorded as hanging in the library at Ickworth, in a hand written floor plan circa 1910; acquired by National Trust at sale of contents of East Wing, Ickworth, 11-12 June 1996, p.171.
Makers and roles
follower of Correggio (Correggio c.1489 – Correggio 1534), artist
Italian School, artist