Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Sketches for Decoration of Bodies of Coaches
Pen and brown ink on paper.
9 1/8 x 14 3/4 inches (232 x 375 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:99

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Inscription: 

Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, "Bianco // nero con figure bianche / picole"; numbered at upper right, inverted, in graphite, "59".

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. 99, repr.

Notes: 

Drawing is on verso of a fragment of an etching from "Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini," 1769, f. 922.

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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