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Desprez was born in the Burgundian town of Auxerre. He studied architecture and won the Prix de Rome in 1776. He left for Italy the following year and remained there until 1784. During his stay Desprez's interests shifted somewhat from architecture to architectural draftsmanship and...

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Inscription

Lightly scratched in plate at lower left corner: desprez del Rom Verso upper edge in graphite pencil: [unclear inscription] Verso right in graphite pencil: 4297

Provenance

Sold Paris, Drouot (Brissonneau), 23 November 2005; to Hill-Stone, Inc. (New York); from whom purchased by MFA, 22 March 2006.

Credit Line

Katherine E. Bullard Fund in memory of Francis Bullard

1777–84

Catalogue Raisonné

Baudicour 6, state 1

Dimensions

Sheet: 29.4 x 37.4 cm (11 9/16 x 14 3/4 in.) Image: 27.6 x 35.7 cm (10 7/8 x 14 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

2006.845

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