The Round Tower, from the series Imaginary Prisons (Carceri d'Invenzione)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720 - 1778


about 1745-1750; published 1753

Etching on heavy laid paper

First edition, second issue

Plate: 21 3/8 × 20 9/16 in. (54.3 × 52.3 cm)

Sheet: 27 5/8 × 20 5/8 in. (70.2 × 52.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College



Giovanni Bouchard, Rome, Italy


Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Watermark identifiable: fleur-de-lis in circle

Course History

THEA 16, Theatre and Society II: Early Modern Performance, Laura Edmondson, Winter 2015

ARTH 27.03, Building Boom: Architecture and Urbanism in Early Modern Italy, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Fall 2021

Exhibition History

Etchings by Piranesi, Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 15-November 11, 1978.

Prisons/ Impressions: Piranesi's Carceri, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, SArt 27 and 28, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 16-April 28, 1996.

St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, November 15-December 15, 1978.

The Image Impressed, Lower Jewett Corridor, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 25-July 31, 1985.

Publication History

Andrew Robison, Piranesi Early Architectural Fantasies: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Etchings, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1986, pp. 139, 212, 240-241.

Lawrence W. Nichols, Piranesi at Dartmouth, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1976, p. 63, no. 78.


Purchased by Sir Robert Throckmorton (1702-1791), fourth baronet of Coughton Court, Warwickshire, in 1754.

Catalogue Raisonne

Focillon 26; Hind 3 I/III; Robison 30

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