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Martin Quadal (1736-1808)
Portrait of the Artist, 1788
Oil on canvas
40 3/4 x 33 1/4 in. (103.5 x 84.5 cm)
Bequest of Walter I. Farmer, 1997.118

Signed and dated lower right: "M.F. QuadaL/Tedeco pinx. 1788" [1]

Portrait of a seated man in a grey wig. Turned to the right, he faces the viewer. He wears a green-striped morning gown with a white shirt, and a red and gold scarf. He holds a palette and a mahlstick in his left hand and a paintbrush in his right. A dog at the right climbs onto his lap, looking up at the sitter, with his front right paw draped over the sitter's right hand.


By 1976:   (Bologna art trade, sold to)
1976-1997:   Walter I Farmer [1911-1997], Cincinnati, by bequest to [2]
1997-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Additional symbol beside signature. See curatorial file for more information.

[2] Cincinnatian Walter Ings Farmer played an instrumental role in the recovery of artwork looted by the Nazis during World War II. Farmer served as a Captain in the Monuments Fine Arts and Archives group, a United States Army division involved with protecting, cataloguing, and restituting artworks. In 1945 Farmer was appointed director of the Wiesbaden Collecting Point, which primarily handled works taken from German museums and collections. Farmer devoted himself to protecting and preserving the works of art of which he was placed in charge. Among his accomplishments were to develop the Landesmuseum in Wiesbaden into a sufficient place to house the artworks, and to organize a group to write the Wiesbaden Manifesto, which protested the United States government shipping looted art to Washington, D.C. For additional information on Farmer see: Walter I. Farmer, The Safekeepers: A Memoir of the Arts at the End of World War II, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2000.

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