Workshop of Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Frieze Motif of Winged Head Supported by Seated Putto
Pen and brown ink, over black chalk, on paper; framing line in pen and brown ink.
2 15/16 x 9 1/4 inches (75 x 235 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
Numbered at lower left, in graphite, "65".
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. 36, repr.
Traditionally attributed to Giovanni Battista Piranesi, this drawing must be instead by a member of his workshop. Mario Bevilacqua has suggested an attribution to Giovanni Battista's son Angelo Piranesi, by comparison with Angelo's signed drawing in the Album Amicorum of Aernout Vosmaer.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.