Workshop of Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Design for a Corinthian Capital
Black chalk on paper.
15 7/16 x 10 1/2 inches (393 x 267 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
Numbered at lower left, in graphite, "64".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis inside double circle, centered on chain line.
Mrs. J. P. Morgan, New York; by descent to her sons Junius S. Morgan, Princeton and Paris (no mark, see Lugt 1536) and Henry S. Morgan, New York.
Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 27, repr.
Although long attributed to Piranesi, this drawing is more likely by the professional draftsman Nicolas François-Daniel Lhuillier. The capital studied in the drawing appears to be one from the interior of the Pantheon.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.