73
73
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A RECLINING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BELOW 
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
73
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
A RECLINING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BELOW 
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
A RECLINING FIGURE, SEEN FROM BELOW 
Pen and brown ink and wash;
bears numbering in grey ink, lower left: 30
257 by 174 mm
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Provenance

Probably Count Algarotti-Corniani, Venice;
sold by him in 1852, to Edward Cheney, of Badger Hall, Shropshire;
by descent to his nephew, Col. Alfred Capel-Cure;
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 29 April 1885, in lot 1042;
with Messrs. B.T. Batsford, London;
by whom sold, London, Christie's, 14 July 1914, in lot 49, for £120, to Parsons;
Private Collection

Catalogue Note

It seems highly probable that this drawing came from a group of similar studies by Giambattista originally bound in an album titled Sole figure per soffitti which was broken up around 1918 by the dealer Parsons.

Around 180 of these studies are known, in public and private collections, many of which bear numbers like the present example.  George Knox dates them late in Giambattista's career, circa 1758.  They seem to have been done for their own sake, although of course they are a logical outcome of his extensive work as a painter of ceiling frescoes.

1.  See F. Gibbons, Catalogue of Italian Drawings in the Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton 1977, vol. 1, p. 189ff

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