Frontispiece with Statue of Minerva
Etching, c. 1750
Signed in the lower right of the right plate
A masked impression printed on two sheets, per Hind
From the first issuance of "Opere Varie de Architettura Vedute di Roma"
In later printings, the image is printed on one sheet which is cropped on both sides of the image to include in the bound album.
Very rare in this issuance. I have only seen one other masked set in 4o years.
Watermark: Single encircled fleur-de-lys
Each plate: 19-1/2 x 12-7/8
Each mat: 31-1/2 x 23-1/2
Reference: Wilton-Ely 135, see also p. 11343 for description of masked impression (as here) in the collection of the British Museum.
Hind 2 i/VII, from the first issuance of "Opere Varie de Architettura Vedute di Roma"
Provenance: Paul Proute SA, Paris