19th Century European Prints

Great Exhibition, London, 1851


Etching by George Cruikshank, printed from the original plate by L. Calapai in 1968, printer's initials in a blindstamp in the lower right. Plate measures 8 x 9 3/4 inches on 11 x 15 inch wove paper. The scene depicted is of a London street that has come to a standstill due to the volume of people attempting to visit the 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations'.

Parte della gran Muraglia


A drypoint etching by Giovanni Piranesi. Image measures 14 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches on 22 1/4 x 16 inch paper. The full title is "Parte della gran Muraglia, la quale circondava la grand'Area dell'Ustrino," meaning "Part of the wall which surrounded the crematorium." Original Ferdinand Roten label on mat! From the series, "Le Antichita Romane." C. 1784. Catalog: Ficacci 281. From a later edition. III/IV. Piranesi was an Italian artist and designer, best known for his series of etchings of Ancient Roman ruins, the "Vedute di Roma". These striking, monumental images of the ancient grandeur of the Roman Empire provided inspiration for many of the artists of the Neoclassical movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.