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    Sale 7570

    Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    2 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 99

    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

    Woman kneeling in front of Magicians and other Figures, from Scherzi (Rizzi 11)

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    Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
    Woman kneeling in front of Magicians and other Figures, from Scherzi (Rizzi 11)
    etching, circa 1735-40, a fine, early proof impression of the first state (of two), before the number 8 upper right, but with this number in pen and brown ink, with other additions in pen and brown ink, in particular to the kneeling woman's face, hair and shoulders, to the hat and shoulder of the foremost magician, the shading below his right arm, and to the faces of the youths in the background at left, trimmed to the subject, in very good condition; with two etchings by the same hand: Three Soldiers and a Boy from Caprici (R. 30), circa 1739-1743, a good though occasionally slightly slipped impression, generally in good condition; and Christ falls beneath the Cross for the First Time (R. 43) from The Stations of the Cross, a good impression, in good condition
    S. 231 X 172 mm. (3)


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    As H. Diane Russell points out, Tiepolo had "severe technical problems ... with foulbiting and in printing this plate", which he tried to rectify in the present proof by hand. An impression in the Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, shows similar, although even more extensive corrections in pen and brown ink as the present impression. (cf. H. Diane Russell, exhibition catalogue, Rare Etchings by Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1972, no. 20 & 21, p. 62 f. (ill.))

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