Formerly attributed to Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Formerly attributed to Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Longitudinal Section of the Farnese Palace
Pen and brown ink, with gray wash, over black chalk, on paper; framing lines in pen and brown ink.
8 3/4 x 12 11/16 inches (222 x 323 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:48
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Numbered at lower left, in graphite, "X / 68".

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. 48, repr.

Notes: 

Traditionally attributed to Piranesi because part of the large group of his drawings that came to the Morgan together, this is surely not by him. It is not clear why this and the related sheet - 1966.11:49 - were part of that original Piranesi collection, as they are not even typical of drawings by Piranesi's workshop assistants.

Associated names: 

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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