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]
- 1743 - 1774 - 1745 - 1778
- Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778; Rule, Percival Watts, 1889-1953; Rawlinson, Walter (Sir), 1735-1805
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.
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Alternative form available: Many photographed in black and white, with colour transparencies of some items
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- 75 b&w art print(s), Works of art, Etchings, Etchings b&w, 200 x 140 mm to 600 x 450 mm
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