4 July 2006
Pier Leone Ghezzi (Rome 1674-1755)
Three caricatures of Italian clergymen: Father Casimiro of the Camaldolite Monastery at Frascati; The Definatore Bonaventura da Ferentino; and Don Godard, Vice-Procurator-General of the Cistercian Order
inscribed, signed and dated 'Don Godard vice Procuratore Generale dei Cisterciensi di Francia fatto dà mé Cav. Ghezzi di 12 Maggio 1750' (3), each with identifying inscriptions and numbers '74', '38' and '53' on the late 18th Century mounts
pen and brown ink, brown wash
11¾ x 8 1/8 in. (300 x 207 mm.), 13¼ x 9 3/8 in (340 x 240 mm.) and 13 1/8 x 8 5/8 in. (335 x 220 mm.) (3)
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, and by descent to the 7th Duke of Wellington.
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These three drawings are from a group of about 201 caricatures by Ghezzi which were mounted and bound into three albums in 1780. The group was split in the early 1970s.
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