The Sawhorse

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720 - 1778


about 1745-1750, published 1753

Etching on heavy laid paper

First edition, second issue

Sheet: 16 3/16 × 21 3/4 in. (41.1 × 55.3 cm)

Plate: 20 5/8 × 26 7/8 in. (52.4 × 68.3 cm)

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


Portfolio / Series Title

Imaginary Prisons (Carceri d'Invenzione)


Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in plate, lower left: Piranesi F; Watermark: [fleur-de-lis in circle, Hind 1]

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.

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. 65, no. 86.

Juliette M. Bianco and Pieter Broucke, editors, Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky's Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context. Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2012, p. 4, figure 1.2.


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

Catalogue Raisonne

Focillon 35; Hind 12 i/iii; Robison 38

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