Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Three Studies of Bacchus
Pen and brown ink, brown 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.

Watermark: Letters "V d".
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".