Follower of Giuseppe Galli Bibiena

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Follower of Giuseppe Galli Bibiena
Entrance to a Palace with Colonnade and Figures
ca. 1750
Pen and brown ink and gray wash, over graphite(?), on paper.
14 1/2 x 21 1/8 inches (368 x 537 mm)
Promised gift of Jules Fisher.

This sheet retains traces of an underdrawing that reveals the careful attention paid to an accurate projection of the perspective. Bibiena sets would not have included painted figures, so this drawing might record a live production (perhaps as a preparatory study for a commemorative engraving). Alternately, it could be an independent drawing exercise.


Collector's Mark: EF (L. 3472) Edmond Fatio; inscription on verso: "AP23" "F59" "20".
Watermark: Circle? (unclear)

Edmond Fatio, Geneva; his sale, Nicolas Rauch, SA, Geneva, 1959, lot 20; Helene C. Seiferheld Gallery, New York; Estate of K. Gregory; Estate of William W. Appleton, New York; purchased at Christie's, New York, 13 January 2015, lot 148; Jules Fisher collection (Fisher Number: JF-111).
Associated names: 

Fatio, Edmond, 1871-1959, former owner.
Gregory, K., former owner.
Appleton, William W., former owner.
Fisher, Jules, owner.


The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Bibena Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection", 2021. Exh. cat., no. 20, repr.