Above center, traces of old number in brown ink:"22" (?); below image, within double borderline, in graphite traced over partialy with black crayon, "Esta Muger fue retratada en Napoles por / Jose Ribera, ó el Españoleto, por los años de 1640"
PDP Watermark Type: Fragment of HONIG & ZOONEN
1828, by inheritance from the artist to his son, Javier Goya y Bayeu (b. 1784 - d. 1854), Madrid; 1854, to his son, Mariano Goya y Goicoechea (b. 1806 - d. 1874), Madrid. About 1855/1860, acquired by Federico de Madrazo (b. 1815 - d. 1894); April 3, 1877, Madrazo (under the name of Paul Lebas) sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 105, sold for fr. 20 to É. Feral for Victor Hugo (b. 1802 - d. 1885), Paris [see note 1]. Simon Meller (dealer; b. 1875 - d. 1949), Budapest, Munich, and Paris. Franz Koenigs (b. 1881 - d. 1941), Haarlem. June 29, 1960, anonymous ("property of a lady") sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 19, sold for £1400 to "Put". 1972, Richard H. Zinser (dealer), New York. 1973, gift of Philip and Frances Hofer, Cambridge, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1973) NOTES:  On the early history of Goya's albums, see Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Goya Drawings from His Private Albums (London: Hayward Gallery, 2001), 24-25, and on this drawing, 188-189, cat. 72.
Gift of Frances and Philip Hofer in honor of Eleanor A. Sayre