Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)
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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)

Head of a bearded man wearing a turban

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)
Head of a bearded man wearing a turban
traces of black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash
9 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (24.5 x 19.9 cm)
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804), and by descent to his widow
Margherita Moscheni.
The library of the Somasco Convent, Santa Maria della Salute, Venice.
Possibly Count Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834), Venice.
Antonio Canova (1757-1822).
Monsignor Giovanni Battista Sartori-Canova.
Francesco Pesaro.
Edward Cheney (1803–1884), Badger Hall, Shropshire, and by descent to his brother-in-law
Colonel Alfred Capel-Cure (1826-1896), Blake Hall, Essex; Sotheby’s, London, 29 April 1885, probably part of lot 1024 which consisted of 9 albums with Tiepolo drawings).
[B.T. Batsford, London]; Christie’s, London, 14 July 1914, part of lot 49 (3 volumes containing 300 drawings; £120 to Parsons).
with E. Parsons and Sons, London.
Earl of Ranfurly.
with Colnaghi, London.
with Richard Owen, Paris, 1928.
with Savile Gallery, London, 1928 (exhib. cat., no. 29).
with Colnaghi, London, 1952 (exhib cat., no. 82), where acquired by Robert Landolt.
Zurich, Graphische Sammlung ETH, Zwiegespräch mit Zeichnungen. Werke des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts aus der Sammlung Robert Landolt, 2013-2014, no. 42, ill. (catalogue entry by M. Matile).
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Lot Essay

A characteristic work of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, this study belongs to the head studies and other drawings gathered in albums of which the provenance goes back to the artist’s son Domenico, and some of which were dismembered after their sale at auction in 1885. Many of these head studies – although not the present example – relate to Domenico’s etchings first published in 1774 under the title Raccolta di teste. For similar drawings with the same early provenance, see J. Byam Shaw and G. Knox, The Robert Lehman Collection, VI, Italian Eighteenth-Century Drawings, New York and Princeton, 1987, no. 78-80, ill.; and B. Aikema, Tiepolo in Holland. Works by Giambattista Tiepolo and His Circle in Dutch Collections, exhib. cat., Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 1996, no. 39, ill.).

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