Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Design for Mantelpiece with Lintel Terminating in Volutes and Acanthus Leaf at Base of Jamb with Wreath Suspended from Bar Above
Pen and brown ink, over red chalk, on paper.
5 13/16 x 5 1/16 inches (147 x 128 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:88

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Numbered at upper right, in graphite, "90".
Watermark: Bird on three mounts inside circle, over letter "M", fragment.

Provenance: 
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.
Bibliography: 

Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 88, repr.

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Drawing is on verso of a fragment of a letter written in pen and brown ink; see entry cited below for full transcription.
On same mat as 1966.11:87; 90; 91.

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Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.

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