Numbered at lower right, in graphite, "50".
Denison, Cara, Myra Nan Rosenfeld, and Stephanie Wiles. Exploring Rome : Piranesi and His Contemporaries. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library; Montrǎl : Centre Canadien d'Architecture, 1993, no. 16, repr.
The oblique perspective from which these buildings are depicted, the foreground cut by a balcony that leaves the viewer nowhere to stand, and even the heavy iron rings held by the lion heads relate to the architectural vocabulary of the Carceri, which Piranesi was conceiving around the same time that he executed this drawing. The dense washes and energetic lines are also typical of his style in the late 1740s.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.