Signed "Gravelot inven" in pen at lower right.
Kraemer, Ruth S. "Drawings by Gravelot for Alessandro Tassoni's mock-heroic poem La secchia rapita." Master drawings, XXVIII (Autumn 1990), p. 338-343, no. 10.
Gravelot's design is preparatory for an illustration to Canto V of an edition of Alessandro Tassoni's "Secchia rapita" (“The Stolen Bucket”), published in Paris by Lorenzo Prault and Pietro Durand in 1766. Tassoni's mock-heroic poem, originally published in Paris in 1622, blends the construct of an epic with an absurd premise: a 14th century war between Modena and Bologna was actually caused by the Modenese stealing a bucket from Bologna. The corresponding plate appears facing p. 1 in volume 2 of the published work and is captioned “Ma perche la man destra avea fasciata, E gli benedicea con la mancina”. The scene shows the papal Nuncio blessing the Bolognese army and their assembled allies with his left hand.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.