Inscribed on verso, in pen and brown ink, "finestre // colone cadute // nell'aqua // con altra fontana e // travio (?) principale / le basi che mese / ne sia o mese non // scalini".
Watermark: Six-pointed star (or sun) inside circle, cross at top of circle, letter "F" below circle, centered on chain line.
Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 5, repr.
Deeply shadowed and somewhat irrational with regard to space, this interior is cognate with the earliest designs for the Carceri. The freely drawn and quickly hatched pen lines, combined with a painterly fluid wash, highlight Piranesi's skills as a draftsman and evince a technical facility commensurate with his mastery of printmaking techniques. The dark shapes in the foreground and under the arches in the distance, which do not resolve themselves into clear forms, have the same allusive power as do the figures and devices of the prison etchings.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.