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Giovanni Battista Borra, 1713–1770

View of the Theater and Plan of the Ionic Temple at Sardis

ca. 1750
Watercolor with black and brown ink and gray wash over graphite on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper with gray wash
Sheet: 21 1/4 x 14 15/16 inches (54 x 38 cm), Image: 12 1/2 x 8 1/16 inches (31.7 x 20.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, upper left: "9"; in brown ink, upper left: "VIII [crossed out and replaced in graphite with '7']"; in graphite, upper center: "View of the Theatre at Sardis"; in brown ink, center left: "VIIII."; within both upper and lower images: labels A-E and various measurements; in black ink, lower center: "scale"; in graphite, lower centerL "Plan of the Ionic Temple at Sardis"; in brown ink, on back, lower center: "the pillars mark'd black are standing or in ye view those mark'd with lines not so black just appear above ground | and those dotted are supposed | NIII"

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:
architectural subject | cliffs | hills | Ionic | landscape | Lydian | mountains | ruins | scale (rule) | site plan | temple | theater
Associated Places:
Asia | Ege kiyilari | Manisa Ili | Sardis | 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]

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