After a painting in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court or another autograph version
Acquired in Italy by John Sittingborne. 1833, John Watkins Brett (b. 1805 - d. 1863), London and New York [see note 1]; 1835, probably sold by Brett to Robert Gilmor, Jr. (b. 1774 - d. 1848), Baltimore [see note 2]; from Brett to his nephew, Thomas Swann, Baltimore; 1886, Swann Sale, Leonard and Co., Boston, lot 61, possibly to Otis Kimball (d. 1912) or his wife, Margaret Rogers (Mrs. Otis) Kimball, Boston [see note 3]; 1915, gift of Mrs. Otis Kimball to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 2, 1915) NOTES:  Brett lent the painting to an exhibition held at the Boston Athenaeum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1833, cat. no. 35. According to the catalogue, this painting and its companion, a Magdalen also attributed to Dolci, were acquired in Italy by John Sittingborne for 1500 guineas.  Information about Gilmor's acquisition and ownership of the painting was kindly provided by Lance Humphries (correspondence with the MFA, December 18, 1996).  According to Humphries (as above, n. 2) several other lots at this auction were purchased by "Kimball," although the purchaser of this particular lot is unknown.
Gift of Mrs. Otis Kimball