Michel Angelo Pergolesi

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Michel Angelo Pergolesi
active 1760-1800
Original Designs for Ornaments, Mural and Other Interior Decorations
Combinations of pen and brown and black ink, with gray and brown wash, over red and black chalks, on laid paper, often with several small pieces with motifs superimposed on larger sheet.
Drawings: variable; album: 22 1/16 x 16 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches (560 x 429 x 64 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1907.

Red leather gilt label with J. Pierpont Morgan crest on inside of front cover.

Richard Quaritch, London; from whom purchased in 1907 by J. Pierpont Morgan (no mark; see Lugt 1509).

Two designs are dated 1784 and 1792.
Pergolesi worked with Robert Adam in London; drawings preparatory for sets of engraved plates, later published in bound volumes with varying contents and publication dates. Copy in the Morgan Library from the collection of Mrs. J.P. Morgan is entitled "Designs for Various Ornaments: Vases, Figures, Medallions, Friezes, Pilasters, and other Ornaments in the Etruscan and Grotesque Styles", 70 plates, London, 1777-1801.

Associated names: 

Quaritch, Richard, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.