Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Five Crouching Figures
Red chalk on laid paper.
7 x 2 5/8 inches (177 x 67 mm)
Gift of János Scholz.
1983.38

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Inscribed on verso, in red chalk, illegible throughout; at center, in pen and brown ink, "Guardi (Francesco) ne (?) / Venise en 1712 Mort en / 1793. Eléve da Canaletto / f=o",'071 / C. Gasc."; at lower edge, "acheté 0,45 ce Paris / le 25 Janvier 1860".

Provenance: 
Amédee-Paul Émile Gasc (Lugt 1131); his brother, Charles Gasc, Paris (Lugt 543); Otto Wertheimer, Paris; János Scholz, New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
Bibliography: 

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 288-289.

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Watermark: none visible through lining.

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Gasc, Amédée-Paul Émile, former owner.
Gasc, Charles, former owner.
Wertheimer, Otto, 1896-1973, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.

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