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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 576

Giovanni Battista Cipriani drawings and etchings


Drawings and etchings by Italian painter and engraver Giovanni Battista Cipriani.


  • 1709-1818

Conditions Governing Access

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


1 linear feet (2 volumes)

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.

Biographical / Historical

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

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.

Cipriani, Giovanni Battista, 1727-1785. Giovanni Battista Cipriani drawings and etchings, circa 1709-1818: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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