Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
1726?-1804
Dancing Dogs with Musicians and Bystanders
Pen and brown ink and umber wash over black chalk on paper.
11 3/8 x 16 3/8 inches (289 x 415 mm)
Estate of Mrs. Vincent Astor.
2012.26
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Watermark: Three crescents in descending size, over "IMPERIAL".

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Brooke Astor.
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The present sheet, one of a large group of finished independent drawings representing scenes of contemporary life. Here two musicians entertain a troupe of dancing dogs who imitate humans in their children's clothing and clumsy movement. A related drawing, featuring a group of Punchinellos with dancing dogs and surrounded by a crowd of equally humorous spectators, is in the Harvard University Art Museums (inv. no. 1965.421).

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Astor, Brooke, former owner.

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