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Giovanni Battista Borra, 1713–1770

Plan of the Ruins at Sardis with Vestiges of Ancient Buildings Still Existing in 1750

ca. 1750
Black ink and gray wash over graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige laid paper
Sheet: 15 x 21 1/4 inches (38.1 x 54 cm), Image: 8 x 12 7/16 inches (20.3 x 31.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper left: "7 | III"; in brown ink, upper left: "VI."; in black ink, center right, in scroll: "PIANTA DELLA CITTA' DI | SARDES | CON | ALCVNI VESTIGJ DI PIV | FABRICHE ANTICHE | ANCORA ESISTENTI | NELL ANNO | 1750"; in brown ink, within image: labels A-Q; in black ink, lower center: labeled scale and "Perche Inglesi"; on back, center right: "N. 11"

watermark: Strasburg bend and lily with "WR" [Wendelin Riehel of Basle] in monogram (Churchill 408)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
acropolis | architectural subject | buildings | cartographic material | forts | gymnasium | Lydian | map | mariner's compass | river | ruins | scale (rule) | scroll (motif) | site plan | stadium | temple | theater
Associated Places:
Ege kiyilari | Manisa Ili | Pactolus | Sardis | Temple of Artemis | Turkey
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IIIF Manifest:

Grecian Taste and Roman Spirit: The Society of Dilettanti (The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008-08-07 - 2008-10-27) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The City of Sardis : Approaches in Graphic Recording (Harvard Art Museums, 2003-08-23 - 2003-11-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Twenty-Five Years of Discovery at Sardis (Harvard Art Museums, 1983-11-03 - 1983-12-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John A. Pinto, Speaking ruins, Piranesi, architects and antiquity in eighteenth-century Rome , University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2012, opp. p. 217, pp. 233,234, fig. 162, NA1120 .P56 2012 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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