Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s]

Date
1743 - 1774 - 1745 - 1778
By
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778; Rule, Percival Watts, 1889-1953; Rawlinson, Walter (Sir), 1735-1805
Ref
C-091-001/075
Description

Views of Roman antiquities, imaginary buildings in ancient Roman style, prisons, etc.

See shelf list and individual records for details, also Ross Fraser's 'Etchings of Piranesi; Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1720 to 1778: seventy seven etchings'. Auckland City Art Gallery. July 1963. (Exhibition catalogue, principally of this collection)

Focillon followed by a number in the individual records for these etchings refers to H. Focillon. 'G. B. Piranesi. Essai de catalogue raisonne de son oeuvre'. Paris, 1918.

According to Piranesi: early architectural fantasies, a catalogue raisonne (1986) by Andrew Robison the Carceri group within this group (numbers C-091-019 to -026 and -028 to 032) are likely to be 2nd edition, 3rd issue, mid 1760s to early 1770s. Other similar collections are at the Beinecke, Chicago, Soane and Princeton Art Museums. These show watermark number 36 throughout; the states of the various prints also match the description in Robison, p. 140.

The Carceri set is incomplete. Missing are Plates 3, 4,and 6. The set may have been incomplete when they were acquired by the previous owner, Percival Watts Rule

Quantity: 75 b&w art print(s).

Physical Description: Etchings b&w, 200 x 140 mm to 600 x 450 mm

Provenance: The Piranesi etchings were earlier in the collection of Sir Walter Rawlinson, whose bookplate appears on the verso of C-091-001. See Maskill, David and Mathew Norman. Paper visions: the Piranesi collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library. Turnbull Library Record, Vol 41, 2008, p. 60-81

Transfers: D-034-001 (Formerly C-091-002) and D-034-002 (Formerly C-091-048).

Processing information: On accession into the Library in 1953 the Carceri group was bound into the album E-194-f. Disbound by the Library, 1950s or early 1960s? The remainder were in a 'disbound' folio, whose covers have not survived.

Additional description

Alternative form available: Many photographed in black and white, with colour transparencies of some items

Access restrictions
Partly restricted - Curator required
Format
75 b&w art print(s), Works of art, Etchings, Etchings b&w, 200 x 140 mm to 600 x 450 mm
There are 2 sub-groups.
There are 73 items in total.
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Date: 1757 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-042 Description: The remains of the Roman era Theatre of Marcellus in Rome Other Titles - Theatre of Marcellus [Translation] Extended Title - From Le vedute di Roma, 1745-17...
Date: 1743 - 1778 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-060 Description: A large square with flights of steps bearing ornamental columns and fountains, a triumphal arch in the right background and an equestrian statue of Augustu...
Date: 1760 - 1765 - 1761 - 1785 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-032 Description: The imaginary interior of a Roman prison, with beams, stairways and round arches springing from a square column with lions' heads. Focillon 38 Robson numbe...
Date: 1760 - 1763 - 1761 - 1773 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-028 Description: The imaginary interior of a Roman prison, with beams, stairways and round arches above a line of smaller, lower arches with bars. Ladders and a sawhorse to ...
Date: 1760 - 1765 - 1761 - 1774 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-030 Description: The imaginary interior of a Roman prison, with beams, pulleys, platforms, (one with prisoners), stairways and round arches in a vast gallery Focillon 33 Ro...
Date: 1758 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-033 Description: A first century Roman temple Other Titles - View of the Temple of Manly Fortune [translation] Extended Title - From Le vedute di Roma, 1745-1778 Quantity: ...
Date: 1751 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-043 Description: Looking east along the Piazza Navona in Rome with the Church of Saint Agnes to the right, Bernini's fountain in the middle distance and Michelangelo's fount...
Date: 1759 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-027 Description: The ruins of two adjoining ancient Roman temples Other Titles - Temples of the Sun and Moon, or of Isis and Serapis (Temple of Venus and Rome) [translation...
Date: 1751 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-034 Description: View across the Piazza Rotonda in Rome, with the Pantheon to the right, the fish market in the left foreground, the fountain in a central position with an E...
Date: 1750 From: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 :[Etchings from La prima parte di architteture e prospettive (1743), I grotteschi (ca 1747), Le vedute di Roma (1745-1778), I carceri (1760-1761)] / Giovanni Battista Piranesi inven. et incis. [Rome : G B Piranesi, mid-1760s to early 1770s] By: Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 Ref: C-091-072 Description: An imaginative reconstruction of the appearance of the two main streets on the outskirts of ancient Rome, with many carvings, temples, mansions and palaces ...