Large Neoclassical Print of Al Suo Carrissimo Amico il Sig. Giacomo Byres Architetto Scozzese


This is a very large print of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Marble vase with pedestal from Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli, 1769. Giovanni Piranesi was the leading engraver of Rome between 1720-1778. During 1748 to 1774 he produced a quantity of magnificent etchings of Roman monuments and antiquities and they were extremely popular with ‘grand tourists’.  Piranesi was associated with James Byres who was a Scottish Architect and Byres promoted Piranesi’s prints of monuments and antiquities and they joined together on a number of excavations of more than one ancient site. Piranesi’s works include plates of antiquities, such as this example from his late sequence of vases, candelabra and urns which he dedicated to James Byres to recognise their friendship and business association.

It is set within a stunning, very large gilt frame with amazing decoration that offsets the print beautifully.  There are some marks to the outside white card surrounding the print and some nicks to the frame which is commensurate with its age but is hardly noticeable.

Height: 59inches /150 cms
Width: 46.5 inches / 118 cms
Depth: 3.25 inches / 8 cms
Inside Print and surround Height: 47.25 inches / 120 cms
Inside Print and surround Width: 35.5 inches / 90 cms
Weight: 16 kilograms

This is a collection only item due to its size.

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