Traveler Seated by a Huge Statue of a Lion
Giuseppe Bernardino Bison (1762-1844)
Original drawing in black-brown ink and brown wash, 260x 208 mm. signed in ink. It is a drawing of a most unusual and rather whimsical subject, the statue surviving whole among ruins, the traveler either unaware or oblivious to his surroundings. The paper is a brownish wove, suggesting that the drawing is later in Bison's career and of the nineteenth century; there is a line of discoloration around the old mat opening, not affecting the drawing itself. Bison is noted for such whimsical and fantastic subjects, many of them imaginary, and he carries on the tradition of the Tiepolos in that regard.