The Obelisk in the Piazza Navona

François de Poilly I, French, 1623 - 1696



Engraving on wove paper

Sheet: 28 1/4 × 19 1/2 in. (71.8 × 49.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. Ashley Kingsley Hardy, Class of 1894W



Place Made: France, Europe



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Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, upper center: OBELISCVM Ab IMP ANT Caracalla Roman Aduectum cum inter Circi Castrensis Rudera Confractus Diu Iacuisset / INNOCENTIUS DECIMVS PONT. OPT MAX Ad Fontis Foriq. Ornatum Transtulit Erexit/Anno Sal M.D.C.L.I Pontificatus sui VII.; lower left: Opus Equitis Ionnis Laurentij. Bernini; center: Palmorum romanorum Franciscus Poilly alla face Io Iacobus de Rubeis form. Romae con licenci de supe.


Home of Judge Silas Hardy (1827-1912), Class of 1855, Keene, New Hampshire; to his son, Ashley Kingsley Hardy (1871-1940), Class of 1894, about 1912; to his wife, Adelaide Benton Sanford Hardy (1872-1964), Hanover, New Hampshire, about 1940; given to present collection, 1941.

Catalogue Raisonne

J. Loth, L'Oeuvre grave de Francois et Nicolas de Poilly d'Abbeville, Paris, 1994, no. 357.

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