Il Sigs: Abbate Segretario. Nell Gabinetto di S.M. il Re di Pol: Elet: di Sassonia.
OM [overlapping monogram.] Sculpsit 1750: adi: 15 July Dresde.
Etching, fine, paper watermarked with large margins. Plate 300 x 203mm. 11¾ x 8".
Number 15 from a series of plates of caricatures of the Roman court and its foreign visitors; a man with a book under his right arm. After Pier Leone Ghezzi (1675-1755), 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. Title taken from the index to 'Raccolta di XXIV Caricature Disegnate colla penna dell Celebre Cavalliere Piet: Leon: Ghezzi. Conservati nell Gabinetto di Sua Maestą il Rč di Polonia Elett. di Sassonia'.
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