The Sawhorse, 1761

  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720-1778
  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720-1778

Etching and engraving printed in black ink on laid paper

  • Plate: 16 1/4 × 21 7/8 inches (41.3 × 55.6 cm) Sheet: 22 1/8 × 31 5/8 inches (56.2 × 80.3 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Hal H. Smith Fund and Elizabeth P. Kirby Fund

42.72

Department

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

  • Interior
  • Architecture
  • Engraving (printing process)
  • Etching (printing process)
  • Ink
  • Laid paper
  • Chains
  • Arches
  • Posts
  • Prison
  • Engraving (print)
  • Etching
  • Italy

Signed in plate, lower left: Piranesi F.

Inscribed in pencil, lower right margin: H. 12 | Before No.

Thomas Weld (Lulworth, England); Alden Galleries; 1942-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Sawhorse, 1761, etching and engraving printed in black ink on laid paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Hal H. Smith Fund and Elizabeth P. Kirby Fund, 42.72.