Toward the end of his career, Domenico Tiepolo frequently depicted scenes of contemporary life, usually with a satirical or caricatural twist. In this drawing, a married lady in the company of her elegant chaperone pays a visit to a pregnant woman. Tiepolo frequently recycled his own inventions: he had previously depicted the couple at right in a fresco in his family’s villa at Zianigo, and the pregnant woman reappears in a famous drawing—Il Concertino, in the Museo Correr, Venice.
Thaw Catalogue Raisonné, 2017, no. 378, 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. 60.
Watermark: Large crown over letters "A HF", over "IMPERIAL".