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Provenance

Valadier workshop until 1817; Giuseppe Spagna and his son Pietro Paolo, who took over the Valadier workshop and apparently gathered drawings from the Valadiers and their workshop in albums; the album containing this drawing purchased by a private collector, traveling in Italy toward the end of the 19th century; by descent; (Artemis Group, London). John Winter, London; (his sale, Sotheby's London, 10 December 2015, no. 127); (via Trinity Fine Art, Ltd); purchased 2015 by NGA.

Exhibition History
1991
Valadier: Three Generations of Roman Goldsmiths, an Exhibition of Drawings and Works of Art. Artemis Group at David Carritt Ltd., London, 1991, no. 13 (album no. 42a).
1997
L'oro di Valadier: Un genio nella Roma del Settecento. Villa Medici, Rome, 1997, no. 64 (entry by Eleanor Thompson and John Winter).
2011
The Drawings of Luigi Valadier. Trinity Fine Art at the Salon du Dessin, Palais de La Bourse, Paris, 2011, no. 12 (color)(cat. by John Winter).
Bibliography
1993
González-Palacios, Alvar. Il gusto dei principi: arte di corte del XVIIe e del XVIII secolo. Milan, 1993, I: 207; II: 212, fig. 406.