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LOTS 54, 74, 177, 222-226: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
CARICATURE OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING IN PROFILE TO THE LEFT
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LOTS 54, 74, 177, 222-226: PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
CARICATURE OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING IN PROFILE TO THE LEFT
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Details & Cataloguing

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
VENICE 1696 - 1770 MADRID
CARICATURE OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING IN PROFILE TO THE LEFT
Pen and brown ink and wash, the corners cut and made up
173 by 109 mm
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Provenance

Probably from the album Tomo terzo de caricature;
probably Count Bernardino Algarotti Corniani;
probably Breadalbane family;
Langton House, Dun, Berwickshire;
sale, Edinburgh, Dowells, 25 March 1925, lot 1004 (bought by J. Grant, bookseller, Edinburgh);
Arthur Kay, Edinburgh;
sale, London, Christie's, 9 April 1943;
Sir Robert Witt (L.2228b);
sale, London, Christie’s, 20 April 1993, lot 126

Catalogue Note

This spirited caricature is very close in execution and style to others by G.B. Tiepolo in his Tomo terzo di caricature, dated by Knox to the period of 1754-62.  The Tomo Terzo, formerly in the Algarotti-Corniani collection, was dismantled in order to be sold at Christie's on 9 April 1943.  Tiepolo's caricatures must originally have been preserved in three volumes, and in an 1854 catalogue of the Algarotti-Corniani collection, two such volumes are listed, containing 'una copiosa collezione di disegni umoristici del Tiepolo'.1   

1.  G. Knox, Tiepolo, A Bicentenary Exhibition, exhib. cat., Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum, 1970, no. 87

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