Description & Technical information

Giacomo Favretto was a prolific draughtsman, working mainly in pen and ink and in black chalk, and many of his drawings remain today in private collections in Italy. He was also a fine watercolourist, although he tended to use the medium primarily for heads and figure studies for his paintings.

The present sheet may tentatively be identified as a youthful self-portrait by Favretto, to judge by the appearance of the artist in a handful of self-portraits executed in the first half of the 1870s, when he was in his early twenties. 

Medium: Pen and brown ink, with framing lines in brown ink.
Signature: Signed G. FAVRETTO in brown ink at the lower right.

Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.4 cm (8⁵/₈ x 6¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Anonymous sale, Rome, Bloomsbury Auctions, 25 November 2010, lot 2
Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd., London.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints