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Giovanni Battista Borra, 1713–1770
View of the Theater and Plan of the Ionic Temple at Sardis
ca. 1750
Materials & Techniques:
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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