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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); Trinity Fine Art, Ltd., 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. 14 (album no. 42b).
1997
L'oro di Valadier: Un genio nella Roma del Settecento. Villa Medici, Rome, no. 64 (entry by Eleanor Thompson and John Winter).
2011
The Drawings of Luigi Valadier (1726-1785). Trinity Fine Art at the Salon du Dessin, Palais de La Bourse, Paris, 2011, no. 13 (color)(entry 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. 407.