300. Piranesi (Giovanni Battista) A View of Part of the Intended Bridge at Blackfriars, London, in August MDCCLXIIII, after Robert Mylne, the architect, etching with engraving, 400 x 605mm., trimmed on or just within the platemark, but well outside the borderline, slight browning and a short split on the central vertical fold, a small surface abrasion affecting lower right borderline only, partially and lightly adhered on verso to card support, framed and glazed, with original accompanying text leaf pasted on backboard, [F.991; W-E.1014], 1766.
est. £800 – £1200
Robert Mylne (1734-1811), Scottish architect, visited Rome between 1755 and 1758, where he developed a friendship with Piranesi, who had recently published his Antichita Romane. This revealed the amazing building techniques of the ancient Romans that so fascinated and influenced Mylne. Piranesi, in turn, requested drawings from Mylne to illustrate his Blackfriars Bridge under construction, producing this copper plate in Rome, but sending it to London to be printed. Hence it is an exceptional plate in falling outside Piranesi’s vast body of other work, inherited and re-issued by his sons, before passing through other hands in France and then back to Rome, to rest finally in the Calcografia.