Il Carnacci che canto nel Teatro di Valle nel Carnevale del 1738 il quale ebbe un Concorso di tutta Roma per il suo Modo di Gestire e di Cantare
Etching, 18th century watermark; platemark 350 x 220mm (13¾ x 8½"), very large margins. Top left margins creased.
The Italian singer Carnacci, caricatured by Pier Leone Ghezzi (1674-1755), painter, draughtsman, antiquarian and musician, regarded as the first professional caricaturist. Ghezzi also painted decorative frescoes and developed a new and realistic form of history painting. Based in Rome, Ghezzi moved freely amongst the Italian nobility, even associating with Pope Clement XI. His satirical portraits include one of Vivaldi and several British grand tourists. He made thousands of drawings, many of which he assembled in several volumes titled 'Mondo nuovo' [New World], now in the Biblioteca Apostolica in the Vatican. In this portrait Ghezzi is shown standing in front of a classical sculpture, referencing his love of the Antique, as seen through many drawings of cameos , coins and vases (an important volume of which is in the British Museum). Etched by Arthur Pond (1701-58), painter, engraver, print-seller, dealer and collector, as part of a series of caricatures Pond made (1736-47). This impression may date from around 1807, when John Boydell listed sets of the caricatures in a stock catalogue.
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