Francesco Piranesi (Italian, 17581810), Pompeii Excavations, 1789, Etching(90 views)
Description: Francesco Piranesi (Italian, Rome 17581810 Paris) After Louis Jean Desprez (French, Auxerre 17431804 Stockholm). Etching; second state of two, 1789. "Veduta del Sepolcro di Mamia negl avanzi dell antica Citta di Pompei". Printed along lower edge: Luigi Desprez delin. Ca. Franc.o Piranesi incise 1789".
A fine, rare view of the excavations at Pompeii, executed by the son of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The view shows fashionably dressed, probably English, Grand Tourists viewing the recently excavated remains.
Condition Report: Darkening and toning to paper with extensive foxing throughout. A number of tears along lower portion of print, secured with tape verso. A number of other minor tears to paper along outer margin edges. An area of damage, loss to paper along lower margin border. A significant crease at centerfold, original to print. Another significant crease extending from the upper edge, to the right of centerfold. Please see photos for an accurate depiction of the condition.
Dimensions: Platemarks: 20 1/2 x 28 1/4in. ; Sheet (with margins): 23 1/4 x 30 1/4in. ; Mat: 27 1/4 x 34 3/4in.
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