Bison was a prolific and skilful draughtsman who employed a variety of media to create very finished works on paper which he sold as works of art in their own right, not only to local collectors but to the many visitors who wanted memories of their Venetian trips. He produced many attractive genre scenes using energetic pen and ink strokes, often combined with a colourful palette of washes, like the present sheet. His long career spanned the last quarter of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th.
The pentimenti in the drawing add to its importance in understanding Bison’s artistic techniques and provide an insight into his character, highlighting the precision and efforts that went into creating his drawings. The inclusion of watercolour enhances the overall composition and serves to unite the arrangement of figures.
1. Sale, Milan, Sotheby’s, 12 June 2006, lot 102
2. Sale, London Sotheby’s, 12 July 1972, lot 41
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