37.6 x 30.2 x 0.5cm panel; 61.5 x 53.4 x 9.5cm frame
James Oswald Fairfax AC (Australia, b.1933), 30 Jul 1981-31 Aug 1993, Bowral/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of James Fairfax 1993. Purchased by James Fairfax from Agnew's 1981.
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), Dec 1979-30 Jul 1981, London/England, Sold to James Fairfax, 30 July 1981. Agnew's stock no. 43546.
H.E.M. Benn (England), post 17 Feb 1940-Dec 1979, Ilkley/Haslemere/England, Purchased by Benn from Buttery 1940, sold to Agnew's, December 1979
Horace Buttery, London (England), 17 Feb 1940, London/England, [dealer]
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), 04 Jun 1937-17 Feb 1940, London/England, Purchased at Christie London 4 June 1937, lot no. 90, jointly owned by Agnew's with Buttery and Clark. Agnew's 1/3 share was sold to Buttery on 17 February 1940, when presumably Buttery had a buyer.
Francis Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle, 15th Earl of Lincoln (England, b.1866, d.1941), 1928-04 Jun 1937, England, by descent, sold Christie London, 4 June 1937, lot no. 90, purchased by Agnew's jointly with Buttery and Clark, £280
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 7th Duke of Newcastle, 14th Earl of Lincoln (England, b.1864, d.1928), pre 1928, England
Stamp Brooksbank (England), pre 31 May 1834, England, presumably by descent, Governor of the Bank of England 1741-43, his (and others') sale, Stanley, London 31 May 1834, lot no. 89 'The interview between Constantine and his son Crispus'.
Henry Brooksbank (England), 1828, England, by 1828, lent to the 1828 British Institution exhibition
Thomas Hammersley (England, b.1747, d.1812), 1792-1812?, London/England, Thomas Hammersley, his and others' (anon.) sale, Christie's London 6-7 March 1801, lot no. 76 'Constantine receiving the globe and cross', bought in, 67gn. Hammersley and others' (anon.) sale, Coxe, London, 11 June 1808, lot no. 9 'An allegorical representation of Constantine receiving under the influence of the cross, authority over the Earth and Ocean', bought in, 95gn.
Thomas Moore Slade (England), 1792, England, Purchased by Thomas Moore Slade in association with the 7th Baron Kinnaird (1754-1805), W. Morland and Thomas Hammersley.
Philippe-Joseph ('Egalité'), duc d'Orléans (France, b.1747, d.1793), pre 1792, France, by descent, sold to Thomas Moore Slade 1792
Philippe, duc d'Orléans (France, b.1674, d.1723), pre 1723, France
French royal tapestry works of Saint-Marcel (France), post 1622, France, With the rest of the set: painted for the French royal tapestry works of Saint-Marcel, 1622; listed at the Saint-Marcel works in 1627; remained there under the directorship of Marc de Comans (d. 1644) and subsequently of Hippolyte de Comans (who became director in 1651); Henri de Valois (1603-1673) or Adrien de Valois (1607-1692)
Koenraad Brosens (Author), The Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, London, 2011, 162, 189, 248 (colour illus.). cat.no.1a, fig.2
‘A case of mistaken identity: Rubens’s so-called Constantine and Crispus oil-sketch in Sydney’ by Koenraad Brosens, pg. 86–89, The Burlington Magazine Feb 2011, Feb 2011, 86, 87 (colour illus.) 89. fig.14
‘Who commissioned Rubens’s Constantine series? A new perspective: the entrepreneurial strategy of Marc Comans and François de la Planche’ by Koenraad Brosens, pg.166-82, Simiolus 2007-2008, 2007-2008, 166, 176 (illus.). fig.8
Richard Beresford (England; Australia) (Author), Peter Raissis (Australia) (Author), The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Domain, 2003, 164-7, 165 (colour illus.). cat.no. 47
Bruce James (Australia) (Author), Edmund Capon (England; Australia, b.1940) (Director), Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, Domain, 1999, 25 (colour illus.).
Ewen McDonald (Australia) (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Sydney, 1994, 117 (colour illus.).
Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1994 1994, 1994, 13 (colour illus.), 44.
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874) (Author), Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
John Ingamells, The Wallace collection: catalogue of pictures, IV, Dutch and Flemish, London, 1992, 323. no. 7
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia, estab. 1874) (Author), The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Domain, 1992. no catalogue numbers
Michael Jaffé, Rubens: catalogo completo, Milan, 1989, 268. cat.no. 686, fig. 686
David Jaffé, Rubens' Self-portrait in focus, Canberra, 1988, 15 (illus.).
'Rubens and Australia' by David Jaffé, pg. 368-73, Art and Australia (Vol. 21, No. 3) Autumn 1984, Autumn 1984, 368-70, 369 (illus.).
Julius S. Held, The oil sketches of Peter Paul Rubens: a critical catalogue, 1980, vol.I, 79-80, vol.II, pl.47. no. 46
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), Old master paintings and drawings: autumn exhibition, London, 1980, 28 (illus.). cat.no. 20
Philadelphia Museum of Art (United States of America), Constantine the Great: first public exhibition of all major panels of the tapestries from the Barberini Palace, Rome, given to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; the designs by Peter Paul Rubens and Pietro da Cortona, lent by European and American collections, 1964, 87-89, 90 (illus.). cat.no. 22a, fig. 55
David T. Dubon, Tapestries from the Samuel H. Kress collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: the History of Constantine the Great designed by Peter Paul Rubens and Pietro da Cortona, United States of America, 1964, 10. note 36, pl. 67
Agnew's, London (England, estab. 1817), Rubens: oil sketches and smaller pictures, 1961, opp. page 12 (illus.), 18. cat.no. 19
Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn (England), Oil sketches and small pictures by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1960, 11. cat.no. 12
Leo van Puyvelde, The sketches of Rubens, London, 1947, 30. no. 12
Leo van Puyvelde, Les esquisses de Rubens, 1940, 28. no. 12
Fernand Calmettes, Maurice Fenaille, Jules Guiffrey, État général des tapisseries de la Manufacture des Gobelins depuis son origine jusqu'a jours, 1600-1900, 1903-1923, vol. I, 1923: 46.
A. Graves (Author), A century of loan exhibitions, 1813-1912, London, 1913-1915, vol. III, 1914: 1161.
Casimir Stryienski (b.1853, d.1912) (Author), La galerie du régent, Philippe, duc d'Orléans, Paris, 1913, 188-9. no. 16
Victor Champier, G. Roger Sandoz, Le Palais-Royal d'aprés des documents inédits (1629-1900) Ouvrage illustré de planches hors texte, eaux-fortes, héliotypies, fac-similés d'aquarelles, 1900, vol. I, 519. note 1
Max Rooses, L'oeuvre de P. P. Rubens; histoire et description de ses tableaux et dessins, 1886-1892, vol. III. 1890: 214. no. 726
G.F. Waagen (Author), Treasures of Art in Great Britain, London, 1854-1857, vol. II, 502.
G.F. Waagen, Works of art and artists in England, London, 1838, vol.I, 341.
John Smith (England), A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French painters, 1829-1842, vol. II, 1830. no. 741
William Buchanan (England, b.1777, d.1864) (Author), Memoirs of painting, London, 1824, vol. I, 169.
Jacques Couché, Galerie du Palais royal: gravée d'aprés les tableaux des differentes ecoles qui la composent: avec un abrégé de la vie des peintres & une description historique de chaque tableau, Paris, 1786-1808, vol. II, 1808: .
L.F. Dubois de Saint-Gelais (France, b.1669, d.1737), Description des tableaux du Palais royal: avec la vie des peintres à la tête de leurs ouvrages: dédiée a monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans, premier prince du Sang, 2nd edition, Paris, 1737, 407. no. XI, as 'La conversion de Constantin'
L.F. Dubois de Saint-Gelais (France, b.1669, d.1737), Description des tableaux du Palais royal: avec la vie des peintres à la tête de leurs ouvrages: dédiée a monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans, premier prince du Sang., Paris, 1727, 409. no. XI, as 'La conversion de Constantin'
Unknown (exhibited for sale), Thomas Moore Slade's house, Chatham, 1792–1792.
Unknown (exhibited for sale), 125 Pall Mall, London, Apr 1793–Jun 1793.
Unknown (exhibited for sale), 16 Old Bond Street, London, May 1795–May 1795.
Unknown, British Institution exhibition, British Institution, 1828–1828.
Oil sketches and smaller pictures by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, Guildhall of St George, King's Lynn, 1960–1960.
Rubens: oil sketches and smaller pictures, Agnew's, London, 20 Feb 1961–11 Mar 1961.
Constantine the Great: first public exhibition of all major panels of the tapestries from the Barberini Palace, Rome, given to the Philadelphia Museum of Art by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; the designs by Peter Paul Rubens and Pietro da Cortona, lent by European and American collections, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 01 Oct 1964–01 Nov 1964.
Old master paintings and drawings: autumn exhibition, Agnew's, London, 21 Oct 1980–12 Dec 1980.
Rubens' self-portrait in focus, National Gallery of Australia, 13 Aug 1988–30 Oct 1988.
The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 25 Apr 1992–14 Jun 1992.
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994.
The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Apr 2003–20 Jul 2003.