Landscape with Farm Buildings and Pollarded Mulberry Tree (recto); Studies of Farm Buildings and Water Mill (verso)

between 1495 and 1508
Fra Bartolommeo (Italian, 1472–1517)

Catalogue Raisonné

Macandrew 009


Sheet: 28.6 x 21.6cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/2in.) Framed: 51.4 x 41.6 cm (20 1/4 x 16 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and brown ink on paper (leaf from a sketchbook)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




1517, upon the artist's death, probably by inheritance to his pupil and heir, Fra Paolino da Pistoia (b. 1488 - d. 1547), Florence; probably given by Fra Paolino to his pupil, Suor Plautilla Nelli (b. 1523 - d. 1588), Convent of S. Caterina da Siena, Florence; about 1725/1727, probably sold by the Convent of S. Caterina to Francesco Niccolò Gabburri (b. 1676 - d. 1742), Florence and, in 1730, bound with 40 other Fra Bartolommeo drawings into an album; after 1742, album sold by Gabburri's heirs to Mr. Kent (dealer) and sold in London [see note 1]. Thomas Phillipps, 1st Bt. (b. 1792 - d. 1872), Thirlestaine House; by descent within the family [see note 2]. 1925, purchased in Ireland by a private collector; November 20, 1957, anonymous ("property of a gentleman") sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 5 [see note 3], to Colnaghi, London, on behalf of the MFA. (Accession Date: November 20, 1957)

NOTES: [1] On the early history of this drawing, see Chris Fischer, Fra Bartolommeo: Master Draughtsman of the High Renaissance (Rotterdam, 1990), pp. 12-18. [2] Richard Day, Ltd., An Exhibition of Old Master Drawings (New York and London, 1988), cat. no. 8, identifies another drawing from the same album as having belonged to Thomas Phillipps and then members of his family. [3] The album was broken up at this time. According to the auction catalogue (p. v), the drawings "were bought by the present owner in Southern Ireland in 1925."

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912