Drawing, Study for Plate 2 (nos. 4-6) in "Designs for Various Ornaments", 1776–1777
To create prints of his watercolor drawings, Pergolesi first made a highly linear print study, such as this one. He then transferred the contours of the monochrome design to a metal plate (the red chalk on the back of this drawing is a remnant of that process), which he etched, inked, and printed. The earliest, relatively simple prints in the series are closest in format to Cooper Hewitt’s watercolors. Over time, the prints became more and more elaborate.
It is credited
Morgan Library & Museum, New York.
Its dimensions are
Mat: 58.4 × 45.7 cm (23 × 18 in.) Frame : 64.8 × 52.1 cm (25 1/2 × 20 1/2 in.)