Bethell Walrond



Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Onofrio. Panel painting of the early Cinquecento in southern Italy; catalogued [as at 1954] as of the school of Piero di Cosimo.


Whether Walrond had an extensive collection of paintings is not known - but it is probable. The sale of the Madonna and Child in 1878 occurred after his death and presumably in the course of disposing of his estate.


Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, No. 1185. Panel, 57¼ by 47 in. Provenance: Lord Northwick Sale, 10th August 1859 (975) as Melozzo da Forli, bought Walrond; Bethel Walrond Sale, 12th July 1878 (66); Charles Butler Sale, 25th May 1911 (60) as Palmezzano, bought Francis Howard; Lady Ratan Tata, sold 1922 as Melozzo da Forli, bought Viscount Rothermere. The attribution to a follower of Piero was expressed by B. BERENSON in1927. Source: Federico Zeri, ‘Two Early Cinquecento Problems in South Italy’, The Burlington Magazine, 96 (614) (May, 1954), p. 148 n5