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1980

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Drawing, Ornament Design, Tripod and Roman Standards

This is a Drawing. It was created by Michel Angelo Pergolesi. It is dated 1776 and we acquired it in 1980. Its medium is pen and ink, brush and watercolor over graphite on laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In 1777, Pergolesi described himself as an artist who “has had the Honour of designing and painting Rooms, Ceilings, Stair-cases, and Ornaments, for several of the Nobility and Gentry of this Kingdom” (i.e., Great Britain). Although very little of his interior design work survives, watercolors such as this encourage us to imagine whimsical, imaginative, and fabulously colored spaces. The purpose of these watercolors is not known, but it seems possible that Pergolesi intended them to be a type of portfolio, which he might have presented to potential clients as a demonstration of his skill and sensibility.

It is credited Gift of Unknown Donor.

Its dimensions are

Mount: 71.8 × 50.8 cm (28 1/4 in. × 20 in.) Sheet: 48.3 × 34.3 cm (19 in. × 13 1/2 in.) Center Design Motif: 29.8 × 11.7 cm (11 3/4 × 4 5/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Drawing, Ornament Design, Tripod and Roman Standards; Michel Angelo Pergolesi (Italian, active ca. 1760–1801); pen and ink, brush and watercolor over graphite on laid paper; Mount: 71.8 × 50.8 cm (28 1/4 in. × 20 in.) Sheet: 48.3 × 34.3 cm (19 in. × 13 1/2 in.) Center Design Motif: 29.8 × 11.7 cm (11 3/4 × 4 5/8 in.); Gift of Unknown Donor; 1980-32-1443

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