24 January 2008
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid)
A man wearing a turban, seen from the rear
pen and brown ink, brown wash
8½ x 5 in. (126 x 127 mm.)
William H. Crocker (1861-1937), Burlingame, California; thence by descent to his son
Charles Crocker (1904-61), San Francisco; thence by descent to the present owners.
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On loan to the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1937.
Oakland, Mills College Art Gallery, and Portland, Museum of Art, Exhibition, Old Master Drawings, 1937-38, no. 75.
The present drawing is comparable to one in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where the figure is seen in profile, wearing the same flat hat (D.1824.33-1885; G. Knox, Catalogue of the Tiepolo drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1960, no. 295). The V&A drawing comes from the volume Sole figure vestite containing similar sheets that cannot be associated with any specific painting, and are likely to date from the late 1750s.
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