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Caricature of Monsieur de la Grénélay
Caricature of Monsieur de la Grénélay
Date:
1749
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Brown Ink Over Black Chalk On Laid Paper, Inscribed, Signed And Dated By The Artist In Brown Ink 'Monsieur De La Grenelay Capitano Del Regimento Di Namur, Al Servizio D. Sua Màesta Il / Rè Delle Due Sicilie.Fatto Dà Mè Caval. Ghezzi Il Di 22 Febraio 1749', And By A Later Hand On The Mount 'Monsieur De La Grenelay Capit.[an]o Del Regg.o Namur In Nap[ol]i'
Dimensions:
Sheet: 302 x 206 mm (11 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.)
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Continent:
Europe
Provenance:

Originally bound in 1780 in an album by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), Apsley House, and by descent to the 7th Duke of Wellington. Philip Hofer (1898- 1984), Boston; with Robert M. Light, Inc.; where acquired in 1978.

Accession Number:
1978.2.8
Acquisition Date:
1978-01-01
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund

Exhibition History:

FAMSF-Legion of Honor, 'Recent Acquisitions 1977-1978', Sept 8 - Oct 18, 1978; FAMSF - Legion of Honor, 'Selected Acquisitions, 1997-1979', Dec 3, 1979 - Feb 10, 1980.

Executed in Ghezzi's witty pen style, this caricature comes from a group mounted and bound into three albums in 1780 by the Duke of Wellington. According to Ghezzi's autograph inscription at the bottom of the sheet, Monsieur de la Grénélay was captain of the Namur regiment at the service of the King of the Two Sicilies, Charles of Bourbon. A smaller bust-length study of this portrait, dated 25 February 1749, is in The British Museum, London (1859,0806.91). (F.R.)