Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Design for Ornamental Frame and for Cartouche. Verso: fragment of design for title page
Pen and brown ink, over traces of red chalk, on paper; verso: red chalk, over black chalk.
7 1/8 x 10 3/8 inches (180 x 264 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:71

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Inscribed on verso, in pen and brown ink, "[...]ASTEL GANDOLFO / [...] RITTE ED INCISE / DA / [...]AMBATISTA [...]RANESI."

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. 71, repr.

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On verso is a fragment of a study for the title page of "Antichit ̉d'Albano e di Castel Gandolfo," 1764, f. 505.

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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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