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MS Typ 576

Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, 1727-1785. Giovanni Battista Cipriani drawings and etchings, circa 1709-1818: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Typ 576
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, 1727-1785.
Title: Giovanni Battista Cipriani drawings and etchings,
Date(s): 1709-1818.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 volumes)
Abstract: Drawings and etchings by Italian painter and engraver Giovanni Battista Cipriani.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

69M-99. Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr., 322 East Fifty-seventh Street, New York, New York; received: 1970 April 13.
Purchased at the Christie Auction Sale, 3 March 1970, Lot 9 through John F. Fleming.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Giovanni Battista Cipriani Drawings and Etchings, circa 1709-1818 (MS Typ 576). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Cipriani was an Italian painter and engraver who worked in England.

Scope and Contents

Contains drawings and etchings by Cipriani with annotations and lists by Thomas Hollis and John Disney. Includes portraits of John Milton and other people, and drawings for coins, medals, and cameos. Also contains a few etchings by other 18th century artists. The works were commissioned by Thomas Hollis and most are published in Memoirs of Thomas Hollis by Francis Blackburne. The manuscripts have been catalogued and housed in the order they were in when acquired. They had been placed in folders annotated by Thomas Hollis and John Disney. These have been separated from the drawings and are each described before the drawings they originally contained.

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