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The Trevi Fountain

By Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1745

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Reference: Focillon 94, Wilton-Ely 89. From the First Edition of Varie Veduti di Roma Anticha e Moderna.

Date: 1745

Medium: etching

Edition size: rare in this first edition

Sheet size: 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (sheet is 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches) inches

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $800 (incl. taxes)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), Fontana di Trevi (The Trevi Fountain), etching, 1745, [signature lower left; title center, in the plate]. 1741. Focillon 94, Wilton-Ely 89. From the First Edition of Varie Veduti di Roma Anticha e Moderna. In very good condition, the full sheet with wide margins.

A very good impression, monumental in scope although in a small-scale format (5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches). With margins (sheet is 8 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches). Printed on a firm cream laid paper.

The Fontana di Trevi is one of the earliest of the Varie Veduti; it was included in the plates of Roma Moderna Distinta per Rione, published by G.L. Barbielli in 1741.

The small views of Rome of the Varie Vedute, made at the outset of Piranesi’s career, were not re-issued in later editions of his collected works, since the plates were sold directly to publishers by Piranesi; hence early impressions of these views are quite rare.

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