Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Sketches for the Prow of a Ship
Pen and brown ink on light brown paper, irregularly trimmed and pasted down.
5 7/8 x 8 1/8 inches (149 x 208 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
Numbered at lower center, in graphite, "62".
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. 120, repr.
Although this sketch appears to be in Piranesi's hand, and on the basis of the drawing style probably dates to his final decade, the function of the drawing is not clear, for it relates to no other works from that part of his career.