Giovanni Battista Piranesi and workshop

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi and workshop
Sketches of Seated Male Nude, Balustrade, Vase, Column, and Winged Figure
ca. 1775-1778
Pen and brown ink on paper.
10 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (276 x 200 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.

The figure drawing at upper right of this sheet is by an unidentified member of Piranesi's workshop in his latest years; Morgan drawing 1966.11:117 is by the same hand. The rough sketches of figures and ornamental objects (made with the sheet turned 180 degrees) is one of a group of related late drawings by Piranesi himself -- see also 1966.11:116 and 1966.11:119 -- the function of which is unclear; they do not relate any of his printed work.
On same mat as 1966.11:117.


Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "Plani..."; numbered at upper right, in graphite, "33".

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.
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.


Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 118, repr.