A Nobleman of the Grand Tour

ITALIAN SCHOOL (18th Century )

A Nobleman of the Grand Tour

c. 1740 Italy

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Seated within an architectural setting pointing at a map of Venice and holding a scroll, an architectural background believed to be St. Marks Square in Venice.

The presence of gold lace found on the sitter's coat and waistcoat is indicative of wealth suggesting that the sitter is from a Noble background.

The inclusion of what appears to be a map of Italy in this charming portrait would suggest that the sitter is possibly an Explorer on "The Grand Tour", an Architect, responsible for the surrounding buildings or perhaps a book publisher. In the 18th century Venice existed an International market for Venetian books. Book shops being one of the centre of cultural life. Many publishers therefore, wanted to produce lavishly illustrated books for export. The increasing number of travellers to Venice, not all of whom could acquire original views of the city or employ copyists to records its main masterpieces, led to a new demand for good engravings of the city. Perhaps the sitter is pointing to such an engraving.
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Height 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
Stock Code
4375
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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