Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
1727-1804
Scene of Contemporary Life: The Quack Dentist
ca. 1791
Pen and brown ink and black wash over black chalk.
11 5/16 x 16 3/8 inches (288 x 415 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.256

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Signed at upper left: "Dom. Tiepolo / f."
Watermark: Three crescents over "SOTO IMPERIAL". cf Heawood 867.

Provenance: 
Alfred Beurdeley, Paris; his sale, Paris, 31 May 1920, part of lot 170; sale London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1967, no.47; Robert Owen Lehman, New York; Thomas Gibson, London; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Bibliography: 

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 379, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 61.

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A woman sitting on a chair and a young man standing to her right wait in pain before they will be treated by a quack dentist, seen at their side preparing his surgical tools. This subject seems to have been popular with Domenico Tiepolo, who included it not only in his celebrated series of Scenes of Contemporary Life but also in at least three painted versions. As in many of the Contemporary Life drawings, the depiction of the crowd includes a range of caricatures. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

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Beurdeley, Alfred, 1847-1919, former owner.
Lehman, Robin, former owner.
Gibson, Thomas, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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