Like other prints and drawings acquired by the Walker Art Gallery, this curious sketch belonged to William Roscoe (1753-1831) whose early Italian and Flemish pictures formed the nucleus of the gallery's collection.

Guercino made a number of these fantastic drawings. They do not relate to paintings and were evidently made for the amusement of the artist and his friends.


Earl Spncer; T.Philipe; William Roscoe; Richard Heber; William Dyce; Robinson; Sir John C.Robinson; John Malcolm; by descent to Geoffrey Gathorne-Hardy.

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