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CARLO DOLCI (FLORENCE 1616 - 1687)

Allegory of Patience


The painting was in the family of Sir John Finch (1626-1682) until it was sold at Christie's in 1947,  together with two portraits by Dolci of Finch and of his constant companion,  Sir Thomas Baines (1622-1681),  both now in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (nos. PD 12 & 13-1972).  Finch, evidently an ardent supporter of Dolci, owned at least two further paintings by the artist, now in the English Royal Collections: a 'Magdalen' (dated 1670) and a superb 'Salomé with the head of the Baptist'.

Provenance: Probably commissioned directly from the artist by Sir John Finch, Florence
By descent in the Finch family, at Burley-on-the-Hill, until 1947
Major James Hanbury, Burley-on-the-Hill (sale, Christie's, London, 20th June 1947, lot 20)
Swedish private collection

Literature: M. Gregori, "A Cross-section of Florentine Seicento Paintings. The Piero Bigongiari
Collection", in Apollo, C., 151, 1974, p. 226, pl. 24
C. McCorquodale, "Some Paintings and Drawings by Carlo Dolci in British Collections",
in Kunst des Barock in der Toskana, Munich, 1976, p. 314
G. Cantelli, Repertorio della pittura fiorentina del Seicento, Florence, 1983, p. 72
C. McCorquodale, in Il Seicento fiorentino, exhibition catalogue, 1986, vol. II, p. 358
F. Baldassari, in La pittura in Italia. Il Seicento, (various authors), Milan, 1989, vol. II, p. 726
M.B. Guerrieri Borsoi, "Dolci, Carlo", entry in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, no. 40, Rome, 1991, p. 422
F. Baldassari, Carlo Dolci,Turin, 1995, pp. 172-174, fig. 146
F. Baldassari, La Collezione Piero e Elena Bigongiari. Il seicento fiorentino, fra favola e drama, Milan, 2004
S. Bellesi, Catalogo dei pittori fiorentini del '600 e '700, 3 vols., Florence, 2009, vol 1, colour plate XLVIII, p. 41 and p. 135
S. Bellesi, Carlo Dolci 1616-1687, exhib. cat. no. 68, pp. 316-319