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Art in Eighteenth-Century Rome


Pier Leone Ghezzi
Rome 1674 – 1755 Rome

Pierre-Herman Dosquet, Procureur général des missions

pen and brown ink on paper
11 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches
315 x 200 mm

inscribed, verso, lower left: ‘Dosquet procureur general des missions’; watermark: shield with three fleur-de-lys



Richard Neville Aldworth Neville (1717–1793), as part of two volumes purchased in Paris in 1763; by descent to his son
Richard Aldworth Griffin-Neville, 2nd Baron Braybrooke (1750–1825); by descent to
Robin Henry Charles Neville, 10th Lord Braybrooke (1932–2017); sold at
Sotheby’s, London, 10 December 1979, lot 67
Madames Christian Ribière & Mareille Tuloup-Pascal, Marseilles, 5 June 1998, lot 384
Private Collection, Italy



Maria C.D. da Empoli, Pier Leone Ghezzi: Un protagonista del Settecento romano, Rome, 2008, p. 53.

Pierre-Herman Dosquet first moved to Rome in 1725 when he was sent to the city to be a procurator for the Paris Séminaire des Missions Étrangères. Very soon after his arrival in the city he was given the honorary title of Bishop of Samos in partibus, in which he acted as an assistant to the papal throne. However, his stay in Rome was brief; Dosquet departed Rome in 1729 for Canada, where he was appointed the fourth Bishop of Quebec. Dosquet spent several influential years as Bishop, or See of Quebec, before leaving Canada for good in 1739, when he returned to Europe and lived out the remainder of his days between Paris and Rome. He died in Paris in 1777. Ghezzi created another nearly identical caricature of Dosquet on 16 January 1727, which is now in the Vatican Library’s Ottoboniani Latini album, 3115, on page 35r, and inscribed ‘Il Padre Procuratore / Generale della Missione / di Francia fatto da’ me Cav. / Ghezzi a di 16 Gen[nar]o 1727’.

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