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    Lot 232 – Francesco Piranesi (Rome 1758 – Paris 1810), ‘La Grotta di Posillipo’, late 18th century

    June 20, 2022

Lot 232 – Francesco Piranesi (Rome 1758 – Paris 1810), ‘La Grotta di Posillipo’, late 18th century

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Lot 232 – Francesco Piranesi (Rome 1758 – Paris 1810), ‘La Grotta di Posillipo’, late 18th century

Current Auction: N. 17 
AMERICAN DESIGN & EUROPEAN GRAPHICS
( Rome, July 06-07, 2022 - 5:00 P.M. CEST )

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Important etching from a drawing by Jean Louis Desprez (Auxerre 1743 – Stockholm 1804). A watercoloured specimen is now in the British Museum in London; there is an inscription at the bottom: ‘La grotta di Posillipo, cio? via sotterranea scavata nel vivo sasso per la lunghezza di pi? di due stadj fra Napoli e Pozzuolo pratticata dagli antichi per comodo della via littorale ad evitar la salita del monte’.At the bottom are the signatures ‘L. Despres del. – Cav. Franc. Piranesi inc. 1791’. Flaws present, unframed. Etching, dimensions 30.7×21.6 in.

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