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Inscription

upper left in brown ink: Piranesi. f.; by later hand, lower right in brown ink: Bought of Piranesi / in Rome March 1770 / by Joseph Rose

Provenance

Purchased from the artist by Joseph Rose, Rome, March 1770; presented to Sir Christopher Sykes (1749-1801), Sledmere; private collection (sale, London, Christie's, 4 July 1989); purchased by Ian Woodner, New York; by inheritance to his daughters, Andrea and Dian Woodner, New York, 1990; gift to NGA, 1991.

Exhibition History
1989
Old Master Drawings, Christie, Manson, and Woods, LTD., London, 1989, 60-65.
1995
The Touch of the Artist: Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995-1996, no. 84.
1997
Building a Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1997-1998, no. 59, as A Facade with Bizarre Ornaments.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2000-2001.
2000
Art for the Nation:Collecting for a New Century, NGA, Washington, D.C., 2000, 186.
2006
Master Drawings from the Woodner Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006 - 2007.
2014
The Poetry of Light - La poesia della luce: Venetian Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, Museo Correr, Venice, Venice, 2014 - 2015, no. 93.
Bibliography
1995
The Touch of the Artist. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1995: 302-305.
2000
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2000: 186-187.
2002
Robison, Andrew. "Piranesi's Later Drawings of Architectural Fantasies," Giovanni Battista Piranesi-Die Wahrnehmung von Raum und Zeit. Akten des internationalen Symposiums Staatsgalerie Stuttgart 25. bis 26. Juni 1999. Marburg, 2000: 53-57, 60, fig. 4.