Many of Gandolfi’s sheets of head studies, baptized ‘capricci di teste’ by Donatella Biagi (‘Gaetano Gandolfi’s Capricci of Heads: Drawings and Engravings’, The Burlington Magazine, CXXXVI, 1994, pp. 375-380), were made into prints by the Bolognese etcher Luigi Tadolini (1758-1823). This is also the case with the present drawing, included as plate 9 in Tadolini’s Raccolta di teste pittoriche inventate e disegnate a penna dal Sig.G. Gandolfi, published around 1785 (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1. Luigi Tadolini, from Raccolta di teste pittoriche inventate e disegnate a penna da Sig. G. Gandolfi, etching.