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Inscription

by later hand, across bottom in pen and brown ink: Il Sigre. Bastian Conca Pittore Napoletano [?]issimo il quale in atta dipingere / Sig.re Gio.Battista Conca Pittore Napoletano.

Provenance

From three volumes of caricatures probably executed in Rome at court of Carlos, King of Naples between 1734 and 1755 who acceded throne of Spain as Carlos III in 1759; by inheritance to Carlos IV, 1788-1808; Joseph Bonaparte, 1808-1813; Marquis of Wellesley (later Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington), 1814; (Robert M. Light, Santa Barbara); purchased by NGA, 1975.

Exhibition History
2000
"Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century", Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2000, no. 356.