Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
1726?-1804
Scene of Contemporary Life: The Chaperoned Visit
ca. 1791
Pen and brown-black ink and wash over black chalk.
14 11/16 x 19 3/4 inches (372 x 501 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.255
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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.

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Numbered in black chalk at upper left, "74".
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Sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 November 1965, no.26, repr.; Galerie L'Oeil, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Bibliography: 

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.

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Watermark: Large crown over letters "A HF", over "IMPERIAL".

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