Caricature of a gentleman wearing a tricorne.
Italy, second half of the 18th century.
166 x 108 mm. Pen and brown ink, brown wash on paper. Minimal foxing.
Charming caricature by the Venetian master depicting a liveried gentleman with épée and tricorne in profile, accentuating the figure's implausibly hollow back, grotesquely hooked nose, and impressive prognathism. The drawing can be attributed to Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, the oldest son and student of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
The drawing is very similar to the caricature of a gentleman with walking stick and tricorne that is held at the MET (Inv.: 37.165.68).