Design for an Illustration: "Architecture"

Fedele Fischetti1760–89

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Standing among remains of classical architecture, a woman points at a plan held by two putti. She carries instruments for measurement in her left hand. A third putto measures a capital. Bordering line. Verso: fragment of a design; pencil, pen. Volutes are connected by intertwined bands.

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  • Title: Design for an Illustration: "Architecture"
  • Creator: Fedele Fischetti
  • Date Created: 1760–89
  • Signed: Inscribed in graphite Fischetti; upper center
  • Paper Support: cream laid paper
  • Markings: Stains in all margins
  • Inscribed: Inscribed in pen and brown ink lower right corner Dr? 2Stamp MB in blue lower left versoVerso pen black ink; decorative swag?
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 cm (4 x 2 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Museum purchase through gift of various donors and from Eleanor G. Hewitt Fund
  • Medium: Brush and gray wash on cream laid paper, ruled border in pen and black ink