Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Colonnaded courtyard
Pen and brown ink and gray wash, over black chalk, on paper.
5 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches (149 x 141 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:3

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Inscribed on verso, in pen and brown ink, "camicetta / un farsetto / due paia calce / un paio manicotti / corralini [collarini?] No 4 / fazletti No 1 / sugamano".
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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.
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Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 3, repr.

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Drawing is a study in reverse for left corner of etching, "Prospetto d'un regio Cortile nel cui mezzo vi st ̉una Loggia tra i cui intercolonni si veggono Fontane, Statue, ed altri ornamenti," from "Prima parte di architetture," 1743, f. 11.

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