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French School
16th century
Architectural Surround with Arms of Pope Paul V
Pen and brown ink, brown, red and blue wash, with incised lines in architecture, and collage element, on paper.
6 x 5 3/4 inches (151 x 146 mm)
Purchased on the Fellows Fund as the gift of the Hon. C. Douglas Dillon.

Watermark: none visible through lining.

John Hardy, London.

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Seventeenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972-1974. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976, p. 165.


This sheet is comprised of an architectural surround with two female figures flanking an oval cartouche containing a pasted-in coat of arms at center. The surround replicates a design for a decorative panel above a mantelpiece in the Morgan's album of architectural designs by Jacques Androuet Ducerceau and his workshop (2006.19, folio 28). The coat of arms depicts a dragon with an eagle above, surmounted by a papal tiara; these are likely the arms of Camillo Borghese (1552-1621), who became Pope Paul V in 1605.

Associated names: 

Hardy, John, former owner.
Dillon, C. Douglas (Clarence Douglas), 1909-2003, donor.

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