Very fine impression, brilliant and richly inked, in the second state of two, signed with monogrammed GGF in lower center.
In excellent condition, with regular margin all around.
This rare print was attributed by De Vesme to Gaetano Gandolfi in 1906. De Vesme knew an impression in the Cabinet of Prints of the National Library of Parma. The sheet was erroneously attributed by Nagler (N. II, 3006) to Ch. G. Geisler.
Fausto Gozzi, in his Catalogue on Gandolfi’s prints, published another fine impression of our etching, which is in private collection (no. 15).
The sheet depicts a Capriccio of heads. In the foreground, frontally, there is a man with mustache, turban and a plume, which bears on his shoulder the artist’s monogram. On the left we can see two female profiles and on the right side, in the shadow, two male profiles.
The Capricci di teste were very much in vogue at the time of the Gandolfi. This vogue is documented also by the existence of an album of 23 etchings made by Luigi Tadolini (1758-1823); a specimen of the complete series is kept in the Jacques Doucet Library in Paris (see D. Biagi Maino, 1994, Gaetano Gandolfi’s capricci of heads: drawings and engravings, in The Burlington Magazine, CXXXVI, n. 1905, June, pp. 375-379).
Fausto Gozzi, Ubaldo, Gaetano e Mauro Gandolfi: Le incisioni, 2002, no. 15.