"Original (no. 79.] in the Pitti Palace, Florence. This copy is the exact size of the original. The frame is also the precise counterpart of that which holds the original picture. this is one of the most universally known of all Raphael's works. A pretty tradition attaches to this picture. It is to the effect that a certain old hermit, whose retreat was in the mountains near Florence, grateful to a certain vine dresser and his daughter for their kindness, and more especially for having saved him at the time of a flood, during which he was perched starving in a favorite old oak for three days, blessed the daughter and predicted her future celebrity. This came to her through Raphael, who in after years, passing one day as she was sitting near some casks made out of the old oak tree, was struck by the beauty of the group she formed with her two boys, sketched them on the head of one of the casks, and on his return home, painted the group now known as the Madonna Della Sedia." (see serial 04120379 for commentary on artist)
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.