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COLLECTION — Box: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 2225

Italian scenic drawings by Metrodoro Conti


14 scenic drawings by set designer and theater manager, Metrodoro Conti.


  • Creation: circa 1830-1869


Condition Description

Drawings in good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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.25 linear feet (1 box)

14 scenic designs initialed "C.M. into" (invento) in lower left, captioned below image, and numbered in upper right. Subjects portrayed include palace interiors, fountains, piazzas, courtyards, galleries, and other interiors, mostly Roman and Venetian.

Folder 1 drawing was matted; the mat was annotated: Verdi Simon Boccanegra.

Folder 2 drawing was matted; the mat was annotated: Spontini Olympie?

Biographical / Historical

Metrodoro Conti was a set designer and theater manager for the Teatro Petrarca in Arezzo (Italy) from the 1830s into the 1860s. He was a contemporary of Pietro Bertoja and also created stage designs for Giuseppe Verdi. (Source: dealer's description)


Arranged as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2023MT-11. Purchased from Bromer Bookseller's Inc. with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest, 2022 June 30.

Processing Information

This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation. (Melanie Wisner, 2022)

Conti, M., 1810-1886. Italian scenic drawings by Metrodoro Conti, circa 1830-1869 (MS Thr 2225): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2022 July 27
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Repository Details

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