Lot 118
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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI | Study of a standing man, in profile

20,000 - 30,000 EUR
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  • Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
  • Study of a standing man, in profile
  • Pen and brown ink and brown wash ;bears attribution, upper left: G. B. Piranesi, and an old pen and ink inscription, possibly in the artist's hand, verso : All Illmo e Rmo S.S ... / Monsigre Rutati Uditre della / Signatura
  • 171 by 75 mm; 6 3/4 by 3 in


Henri Mayeux;
Étienne Dreyer;
J.M. Lannegrand d'Augimont (bears his collector's mark, not in Lugt);
sale, Paris, Tajan, 3 May 2012, lot 18;
with Galerie Terrades, Paris,
where acquired by the present owner


Paris, Musée de l'Orangerie, Venise au dix-huitième siècle: peintures, dessins et gravures des collections françaises, 1971, no. 152, p. 119, reproduced

Catalogue Note

As is often the case with Piranesi’s energetic pen and ink figure studies, it is likely that the present work was drawn from life and, as can clearly be seen, executed in the artist's characteristic, highly energetic style, with a thick pen and strong, broad lines. We are grateful to Andrew Robison who dates this drawing to the mid-1760s, relating it closely to two further pen drawings of standing gentlemen, similarly dressed, the first of which appeared on the London art market in 19851 and the second of which is today in a private collection, Montreal.2

Robison also notes that the formal calligraphic address on the verso of the present work could well have been written by Piranesi himself.

1. Sale, London, Christie's, 12 December 1985, lot 318
2. see From the Hands of the Masters: A Private Collection, exhib. cat., Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, 2013, p. 81, no. 62, reproduced