[Un Cavallier Servente dell Secolo passato.]
[Dresden, George Conrad Walther, 1752.]
Copper engraving. 300 x 180mm. 12 x 7".
Caricature engraved by Matthias Ostererich after Pier Leone Ghezzi (1675-1755), who was regarded as the first professional caricaturist. Based in Rome, he moved freely amongst the Italian nobility, even associating with Pope Clement XI. His satirical portraits include one of Vivaldi and several British grand tourists. Heinrich Graf von Bru¨hl was the chief minister of Frederick Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland under the name of Augustus III. His art collection was purchased from his heirs by Catherine the Great, and is now preserved at the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.
Title taken from the index to 'Raccolta de vari disegne dell Cavalliero Pietro Leone Ghezzi...e di alcuni altri maestri incise in rame da Matteo Oesterreich' (Potsdam 1766)
[Ref: 19531] £260.00