The Painter in His Studio

Object Details


The Painter in His Studio


Pietro Longhi (Italian, 1701 - 1785)




Italy, Europe (Place created)


about 1741 - 1744


Oil on canvas


41 × 53.3 cm (16 1/8 × 21 in.)

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Purchased in part with funds realized from the sale of paintings donated by Burton Fredericksen and William Garred.

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Pietro Longhi depicts the act of painting as an intimate scene of contemporary life. Longhi invites the viewer into a painter's studio, where the artist, surrounded by an array of his tools and props, creates a faithful likeness of a typical Venetian lady sitting for her portrait. Her costumed companion has removed his mask, which allowed him to pass incognito in public during the free-spirited months of Carnival.

by 1891

George Augustus Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck, 1821 - 1891 (London, England) [sold, Christie's, London, July 11, 1891, lot 571, to Agnew]

1891 -

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England)

- 1931

Gen. Archibald Stirling of Keir, 1867 - 1931, by inheritance to his son, William Joseph Stirling of Keir, 1931.

1931 - 1963

Lt. Col. William Joseph Stirling of Keir, 1911 - 1983 [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 3, 1963, lot 42, to Speelman]

1963 -

Edward Speelman, 1910 - 1994

- 1979

Sir Charles Clore, 1904 - 1979

- 2011

Fine Art Foundation (Switzerland), sold to Hindlip Fine Art.


Hindlip Fine Art (London, England), sold to Simon Dickinson Ltd., 2011.


Simon Dickinson Ltd. (London) (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.

Venetian Painting of the Eighteenth Century (1911)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1911
Eighteenth Century Venice (January 3 to March 14, 1951)
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), January 3 to March 14, 1951
  • Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery (Birmingham), March 21 to April 18, 1951
European Masters of the Eighteenth Century (1954 to 1955)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1954 to 1955

Venetian Painting of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1911), no. 1.

Graves, Algernon. Art Sales from Early in the Eighteenth Century to Early in the Twentieth Century, 3 vols. (London: Graves, 1918-1921; repr., New York: Franklin, 1970), vol. 2 (1921), p. 183, no. 571.

Watson, Francis J. B., ed. Eighteenth Century Venice, exh. cat. (London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1951), p. 23, no. 58.

European Masters of the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1954), p. 95, no. 318.

Moschini, Vittorio. Pietro Longhi (Milan: Martello, 1956), p. 24.

Pignatti, Terisio. Pietro Longhi (Venice: Alfieri, 1968), p. 88, pl. 49.

Pignatti, Terisio. Pietro Longhi: Paintings and Drawings. Complete Edition. Pamela Waley, trans. (London: Phaidon, 1969), p. 76, pl. 49.

Pignatti, Terisio. L'opera completa di Pietro Longhi (Milan: Rizzoli, 1974), pp. 87-88, no. 34, ill.

Pignatti, Terisio, ed. Pietro Longhi dal disegno alla pittura, exh. cat. (Venice: Sala Napoleonica, with Alfieri, 1975), under nos. 4, 5.

Mariuz, Adriano, Giuseppe Pavanello, and Giandomenico Romanelli, eds. Pietro Longhi, exh. cat. (Venice: Museo Correr, with Electa, 1993), p. 96, under no. 47.

Martineau, Jane, and Andrew Robison, eds. The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, with Yale University Press, 1994), p. 463, under no. 183.