Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Design for a Chimneypiece with a Tablet and a Medallion with the She-Wolf on the Lintel, and Rams' Heads, Serpents, Medallions, and Greyhounds on the Jambs
ca. 1764-1767
Pen and brown ink, over black and red chalk, on paper.
6 15/16 x 12 3/16 inches (176 x 309 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.

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Inscribed at right, in pen and brown ink, "medaglie / con Roma de / Cesari, trium / viri, e ditatori"; numbered at upper right, in graphite, "79"; printed at lower left, inverted, in black ink, "iii".

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. 67, repr.


Study for plate 39 of "Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini," 1769, f. 900; on the verso is a fragment of Piranesi's plate 6 from the "Antichità di Cora," 1764, f. 546.

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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.