Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Sketches for the Decoration of Coaches
Pen and brown ink, black chalk trials, on paper.
9 1/16 x 13 9/16 inches (231 x 345 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:100

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Inscribed at left, in pen and brown ink, "festoni bianchi nero oro // rosr // nero // colori // bianco // verde // gialo / alabastro / sangui[gna]; at right, "gialo // alabastro gi[...] bianco // verde a // a nero / ornamenti bianc[hi]".

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. 100, repr.

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Drawing is on verso of a fragment of an etching from "Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini," 1769, f. 909.

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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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