Pietro Longhi

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Pietro Longhi
Study for a Portrait of a Venetian Senator
Black chalk, with white chalk, on light brown paper.
13 x 18 11/16 inches (330 x 475 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 142

The costume of the bewigged figure in this study suggests he is a member of the Venetian Senate. The drawing has sometimes been ascribed to Pietro Longhi and sometimes to his son, Alessandro, whose large-scale portraits of members of the Venetian aristocracy it somewhat resembles. The son's work as a draftsman is nonetheless so little known that it seems preferable to retain the attribution to the father, who executed large numbers of studies in black chalk for the many figures that populate his charming paintings of noble life. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"


Inscribed at lower left, in black chalk, "Longi - F".

Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.


Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, IV, 142, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Jacob Bean. Drawings from New York collections. III: The eighteenth century in Italy. New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1971, no. 174, repr.

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