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What is this?

Courtyard surrounded by arcade in the background to the left building with dome and small towers either side, having appearance of a church but there are no ecclesiastical motifs.

This is a drawing from Italy. It is dated ca. 1719 and we acquired it in 1938. Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

pen and brown ink, brush and gray wash, blue, pale rose watercolor on white laid paper, laid down

Its dimensions are

28.7 x 42.4 cm (11 5/16 x 16 11/16 in.)

This object was created by Francesco Galli Bibiena

This object was purchased from Mrs. Edward D. Brandegee

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18544879/ |title=Drawing, "Theater Design: A Town Square", ca. 1719 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=2 September 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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