Self-portrait with the printmaker Matthias Oesterreich

1751
Pier Leone Ghezzi (Italian, 1674–1755)


Dimensions

Sheet: 31.43 x 23.02 cm (12 3/8 x 9 1/16 in.) Mount: 48.26 x 35.08 cm (19 x 13 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

2008.648

Medium or Technique

Pen and brown ink over black chalk on paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Drawings

Inscription

In pen and brown ink, l.l.: Parti de Roma per Dresda il qui espresso Sr. Matteo/ alli 2 de ottobre 1751; l.r.: Ritratto del Sig. Cavalier Ghezzi; on mount: Sig. Cav. Ghezzi con un suo amico, che gli presenta scritture

Provenance

From one of three volumes of Ghezzi caricatures (I, fol. 1) assembled for Charles VII, King of Naples, who probably took them to Spain when he became King as Charles III in 1759; by descent in the Spanish Royal collection: Charles IV (reigned 1788-1808), who abdicated to Joseph Bonaparte (reigned 1808-13), who abdicated to King Ferdinand VII (reigned 1813-33); seized by the Duke of Wellington along with other works of art from the baggage of Joseph Bonaparte, June 21, 1813; declared an official gift to Wellington by Ferdinand VII, 1814; by descent in Apsley House (London) to the seventh Duke of Wellington; sold after his death to David Carritt (London), 1971, who disbursed the contents; Robert M. Light (Santa Barbara, CA), about 1971; from whom purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Accession Date: September 17, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson—Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund