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Manuscript page attached to the following caricature, from an album.
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
- 1752 (25 July?)
Height: 270 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 195 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1859,0806.91 for comment and description of album
The inscription is titled as 'Information about this hermit written by me Cavalier Ghezzi in 1752 at the Hermitage of Camaldoli of his Eminence the Cardinal Domenico Passionei and requested by Pierantoni'
'Pietro Lassieu [ Lassey, Larrieu?], 43 years old, son of a barrister from the Parliament in Toulouse, when young ran away from home and went to Amsterdam, where he learnt the profession of [?] and of barber. Met by chance Count Neuhoff, called King Theodore, who took him into his service as manservant and brought him to Corsica where he was made king. From Corsica went to Naples with his master, where he resigned and became a hermite of the third order in the hermitage of Saint Paul, belonging to the house of the Pierantoni. Through this he starts Saint Ignatius' exercises under the direction of the Gesuit Father Rossini, and from here he decides to become a Trappist. Giovanni Battista Pierantoni manages to get him accepted by Monsignor Bishop of Tivoli, Abbott of Casamari. In May 1752 Pierantoni takes him to the hermitage of Camaldoli in Frascati, where I saw him and drew him from life as requested by Pierantoni who is my friend. But when I Cavalier Ghezzi went back to Rome, I drew a duplicate, although in a different pose [action] from the one in Camaldoli, so to keep it in my memory in this day of 25 July 1752. The above mentioned Father Pietro left Camaldoli for Casamari the morning of 6 June 1752. Truthfully the said day and said year 25 July 1752 I, Cavalier Ghezzi, made it at my age of 78.'
The subject of the manuscript (and of following drawing 1859,0806.259) has not been identified.
Giovanni Battista Pierantoni from Foligno was Master of the Horse in Cardinal Passionei's household and a friend of Ghezzi. For more caricatures see, for example, Vatican Library, Codex Ottoboniano Lat. 3117,c. 155; 3118, c. 4 and 5; 3119 c. 61 (M.C. Dorati da Empoli, 'Pier Leone Ghezzi. Un protagonista del Settecento Romano', Rome 2008, pp. 354/5).
Count von Neuhoff was known as Theodor I King of Corsica (1694-1756); a Westphalian adventurer who died in London and was buried in St Anne's church in Soho, where an epitaph written by Horace Walpole still survives.
The bishop of Tivoli mentioned is Placido Pezzancheri (1691-1757), who was abbot of the Trappist Abbey of Casamari from 13 April 1723.
The Gesuit Father Rossini has not been identified.
Cardinal Domenico Passionei transformed the Hermitage of Camaldoli in Frascati into his own retreat as well as a place of gathering.
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