Oil on canvas, 85.5cm by 68.5cm.
The 5th Earl of Exeter is thought to have purchased this painting in about 1681. A courtier at the Grand Ducal Court in Florence was reported by the Earl’s steward, Culpepper Tanner to have “told my Lord of a Coppie of the adoration done by Carlo Dulce which if itt Cannot be done by the time his Lordship desires may be done and Sentt after by some opportunity”. It appears in the 1688 Inventory: “My Ladyes Clossett…. 6 pictures in Ebbony fframes (viz) The adoration, a St Sebastian, a young Christ’s head, St Johns head in a Charger, the flight into Egypt, ye Nativity in litle_} by Carlo Dulci “.