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ID number:  BIRBI-38.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  ascribed to Novelli, Pietro Antonio (1729-1804)
Title / Object name:  A Music Party
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1750
Materials:  Pen and brown wash over black chalk
Measurements:  250 x 373 mm
Provenance:  Possibly from the collection of Sir Richard Wallace, nut there is no evidence in his papers at the Wallace Collection; collection of F. Cavendish Bentinck; purchased from R. Langton Douglas, 1938, for £250

This small scale domestic scene, known as a conversation piece, was characteristic of mid 18th century art. In this example from Venice, the music party takes place during the annual carnival. Finished drawings such as this were themselves aimed at the market for works for smaller domestic spaces.

There is uncertainty about the identity of the author of this work. If it is by Novelli it dates from the early part of a career that took in book illustration, as well as history paintings.

Notes:  Exhibited: Whitechapel Art Gallery and Birmingham Cuty Art Gallery, Eighteenth Century Venice, 1951 (63).

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Novelli, Pietro Antonio

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