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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish (Seville 1618 - 1682 Seville)
Holy Family with Infant Saint John
Work Type
c. 1670
Creation Place: Europe, Spain
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
120 x 110.5 cm (47 1/4 x 43 1/2 in.)
framed: 159 x 145.5 cm (62 5/8 x 57 5/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Thomas Walker (by 1748), London, by descent; to Stephen Skynner (1693-1764), his nephew, by descent; to his daughter, Emma Harvey (1731-1767), Rolls Park, Chigwell, by descent; to William Harvey, 1763 (1754-1779), by descent [1]; to Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey (1758-1830), Rolls Park, Chigwell, his brother, by descent; to Lady Louisa Nugent (1758-1841), his wife, by descent; to Emma Eustace (nee Harvey) (1797-1865), his daughter, sold; to Richard Foster, Esq., Clewer Manor, Berks, c. 1856, sold [through Christie’s, London, July 13, 1895, lot 68]; to [Agnew, London]. Alfred Beit (1853-1906), London, by 1904, by descent (?); to Otto Beit (1865-1930) (his brother), London. [2] Maurice Kann, Paris, 1912 (until at least 1913). [3] Mrs. Ward Jackson, sold [through Christie’s, May 19, 1916, lot 107]; to [Amor]. Sir Ernest Cassel (1851-1921), London. [4] Mrs. Herbert (Margot) Asquith, countess of Oxford and Asquith (?). [Duveen Brothers, New York, 1925] sold; to Nettie G. Naumburg, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1930.

[1] William Harvey was a minor when he inherited. His uncle, General Edward Harvey acted as his Guardian.

[2] The 2010 Murillo Catalogue Raisonne lists Otto Beit as the owner of the painting, but it was published as Alfred Beit’s property in 1904. Alfred never married and had no children.

[3] Kann's ownership is documented in 1914 in "Murillo: des Meisters Gemälde" published in 1913.

[4] Cassel’s ownership is derived from the Duveen Brothers Subdivision of Stock at May 31, 1925.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Gustav Friedrich Waagen, Galleries and Cabinets of Art in Great Britain, John Murray (London, 1857), p. 288
  • Charles B. Curtis, Velazquez and Murillo: A Descriptive and Historical Catalogue..., Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington (London, 1883), p. 179, no. 153
  • Catalogue of Important Pictures by Old Masters and of the Early School, including Masterpieces of Murillo, Jacob Ruysdael and Weenix; from the Clewer Manor Collection, auct. cat., Christie, Manson and Woods, Ltd. (London, July 13, 1895), pp. 16-17, lot 68, repr. p. 16
  • Wilhelm von Bode, The Art Collection of Mr. Alfred Beit at his Residence 26 Park Lane London, Imberg & Lefson (Berlin, 1904), pp. 6-7, repr.
  • August L. Mayer, Murillo: des Meisters Gemälde in 287 Abbildungen, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (Stuttgart, 1913), p. 64, repr.
  • Catalogue of Pictures by Old Masters, auct. cat. (London, May 19, 1916), p. 22, lot no. 107, repr. facing title page
  • Duveen Brothers, Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America: A Catalogue Raisonné with Three Hundred Illustrations of Paintings by the Great Masters, which have passed through the House of Duveen, William Bradford Press (New York, 1941), cat. no. 233, repr.
  • Sydney J. Freedberg, "Lorenzo Lotto to Nicolas Poussin", Apollo (May 1978), vol. 107, no. 195, pp. 389-397, p. 397, repr. p. 396 as fig. 15
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 186, p. 163, repr.
  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 122, 373, repr. b/w cat. no. 825
  • Suzanne L. Stratton, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Paintings from American Collections, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 2002), no. 25, pp. 168-169, repr.
  • Enrique Valdivieso, Murillo: Catálogo Razonado de Pinturas, Ediciones El Viso (Madrid, 2010), p. 188-189, detail rep. p. 189, p. 448 as cat. no. 267, repr. p. 488
  • A. Cassandra Albinson, ed., Madame de Pompadour: Painted Pink, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (Cambridge, 2022), repr. as fig. 1 on p. 20

Exhibition History

  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682): Paintings from American Collections, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, 03/10/2002 - 06/16/2002; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/14/2002 - 10/06/2002
  • Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

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