Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Three Studies of Bacchus
Pen and brown ink and wash, over black chalk, on paper.
13 x 10 13/16 inches (333 x 275 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 117a
Count Francesco Algarotti; probably by descent to his brother and heir, Count Bonomo Algarotti; his daughter Maria Algarotti-Corniani; her son Count Bernardino Corniani; Edward Cheney (no mark; see Lugt 444); Colonel Alfred Capel Cure (Cheney's brother-in-law); sale, London, Sotheby's, April 29, 1885, presumably part of lot 1024; 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.

Cambridge, MA., Fogg Art Museum, Tiepolo, A Bicentenary Exhibition, 1770-1970, 1970, under nos. 19, 36.
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Drawings from New York Collections III, The 18th Century in Italy, 1971, pp. 55-56, no. 113, repr.
Daniel M. Mendelowitz, A Guide to Drawing, Holdt, Rinehardt & Winston, 1976, p. 203, fig. 282.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 28, repr. [Kurt Zeitler]


Watermark: letters "PA or Vd".
One of a series of 108 drawings by Giambattista Tiepolo from an album bearing the title, "TIEPOLO DESSINS ORIGINAUX", inscribed by Edward Cheney, "E.C. Venice 1852 May 31 / bought from the Conte Corniani Algarotti".

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Algarotti, Francesco, conte, 1712-1764, former owner.
Algarotti, Bonomo, 1706-1776, former owner.
Algarotti-Corniani, Maria, former owner.
Corniani, Bernardino, conte, former owner.
Cheney, Edward, -1884, former owner.
Cure, Alfred Capel, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.
Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943, former owner.