Jacopo AMIGONI - 1682 - 1752
An Elegant Company by a Piano
Venetian School

Pen and brown ink, grey wash
Over black chalk

21.2 X 22.3 cm

Euro : 2000,-

Jacopo Amigoni, born in Naples in 1682, became a member of the "Fraglia dei pittori" in Venice in 1711. He remains in Venice until 1719 when left on a nine year trip through Germany. He is recorded active in Bavaria, Nymphenburg, and the castle of Schleisheim and in Badenburg. Then, after a brief voyage to Venice, Rome and Naples, Jacopo Amigoni settled in England from 1729 to 1739. In London he realized several important commissions such as the house of Lord Tankerville, Covent Garden, Powis House and the house at Moor Park; he also was commissioned for many important portraits. Amigoni returned to Venice in 1739, where he remained until 1747, when he was called to Madrid, to the Court of Ferdinand VI, to execute portraits of the Royal family and the nobility of Spain. He remains in Madrid until his death in 1752.

The present drawing can be compared to a group of 44 portrait drawings by Jacopo Amigoni most of which were with the London drawings dealer Meatyard around 1925. Many of these sheets were acquired by Mr. J.G. Lousada and donated to the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. Seven drawings from this group are connected to portraits by Amigoni. Two other comparative oval portrait drawings were with Colnaghi in London, a drawing showing a larger family composition is in the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne where there is also a painting by Jacopo Amigoni of a similar subject.


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