Giovanni Domenico Bossi;
thence by descent to Maria Theresa Karoline Bossi;
Karl Christian Friedrich Beyerlen;
sale, Stuttgart, H.G. Gutekunst, 27-28 March 1882;
sale London, Sotheby's, 15 June 1983, lot 95 (purchased by Philip and Muriel Berman)
This is a fine and characteristic example of Giambattista's chalk studies of heads. They usually cannot be directly related to paintings but must have been kept in the studio for reference. The drawing is one of an important group of Tiepolo drawings from the Bossi-Beyerlen collection; for a discussion of the contents and dispersal of this collection and of the numberings on the back of the drawings, see George Knox, Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: A Study and Catalogue Raisonée of the Chalk Drawings, Oxford 1980, pp. 200-291.
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