Il Custode Generale d'Arcadia. Nell Gabinetto di S.M. il Re di Pol. Elet. di Sassonia.
OM [overlapping monogram.]: Sculp: 1750.
Etching, paper watermarked, fine with large margins. Plate 305 x 203mm. 12 x 8".
Number 1 from a series of plates of carictures of the Roman court and its foreign visitors; the President of the Academy of Arcadia, the Italian literary academy founded in Rome in 1690. 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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