Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Sketches for Mantelpieces and Candelabra
Black chalk, pen and brown ink, on paper with strip along upper left removed.
20 inches (508 mm); 17 5/16 x 25 inches (455 x 635 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:92

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Inscribed at right with computations, in pen and brown ink; at top, "alabastro / marmo / alabastro / porfido // caminoÖ // due compagni // gola // medusa"; at bottom, "B bianco // a porfido // medusa // cigno" cerrula (?)".
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis inside circle, surmounted by V, centered on chain line.

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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. 92, repr.

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Drawing done on verso of portion of a map of northern Italy.

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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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