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Inscription

lower right in brown ink: I.B.Piranesi. fecit. decr.31.1765.; inscribed by Joseph Wyndham, verso in brown ink: Piranesi / Drawn at Rome in the presence of Joseph Wyndham Esq

Provenance

Joseph Windham [1739-1810]; apparently to Anketell Singleton, Languard Fort; by 1800 to Thomas Blofeld, Wroxham; by descent to T.R.C. Blofeld; purchased (via John Mitchell and Son) by NGA, 1986.

Exhibition History
1958
Eighteenth Century Italy and the Grand Tour, Norwich Castle Museum, May 23-July 20, 1958, Norwich, no. 44.
1959
Il Settecento a Roma, Rome, 1959, no. 459.
1994
The Glory of Venice, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, 401, 402, 485, no. 282 (repro. p. 401, color)(entry by Olimpia Theodoli).
1997
Building a Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997-1998, no. 63.
2014
The Poetry of Light - La poesia della luce: Venetian Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, Museo Correr, Venice, Venice, 2014 - 2015, no. 91.
Bibliography
1958
A Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth-Century Italy and the Grand Tour. Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, 1958: 26.
1958
Ford, Brinsley, "Italy and the Grand Tour at Norwich," The Burlington Magazine c.658-699 (1958): 317.
1959
Il Settecento a Roma. De Luca, Rome, 1959: 176.
1978
Wilton-Ely, PIRANESI, Ldn, Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978: 114, no. 291.
1994
The Glory of Venice. Exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Museo del Settecento Veneziano - Ca'Rezzonico, Venice; Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, 1994-1995: 401-402, 485.
2002
Andrew Robison, "Piranesi's Later Drawings of Architectural Fantasies," in Giovanni Battista Piranesi-Die Wahrnehmung von Raum und Zeit. Akten des internationalen Symposiums Staatsgalerie Stuttgart 25. bis 26. Juni 1999. Eds., Corinna Höper, et al. Marburg, 2002: 50-51, 62, 63, fig. 2, and cover.