[Punchinello teaching his Children] In the collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire. A Pair.
Etching with very large margins. Plate: 360 x 290mm, (14 x 11½").
Punchinello teaching children to read. The character said to be modelled on Sportelli, a friend of the artist. Pier Leone Ghezzi (1675-1755) is 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. Etched by Arthur Pond (1701-58), painter, engraver, print-seller, dealer and collector.
Hake: 83. & 84.
[Ref: 39795] £320.00