Inscription, south wall under arbor (6)

 
Accession number GD P-3-28E
Alternative title forse in parnaso ...
Creator
Garden Area
Arbor Terrace
Date
1954 - 1956
Measurements
14.6 x 69.0 cm (5.7 x 27.2 inches)
Materials/Techniques
positive photostat print with graphite writing
Work types
prints
stats
drawings

Description

Inscription originally located on a west wall panel with the book box under the arbor. Moved to the south wall of the arbor under the direction of Ruth Havey.

Inscription dedicated to Gelasio B.A. Caetani, the Italian ambassador to the United States from 1922 to 1925, who was a close friend of the Blisses. The portion of text shown is quoted from line 141 of Canto XXVIII of Dante's Purgatorio.

Unsigned, probably created by Ruth Havey based on a series of inscription copies. One copy with handwritten initials: R.M.H.

Caroline Phillips, a friend of the Blisses, found Dante's quotation for the inscription according to correspondence B:CP 1933.07.09.

Drawing undated, created between 1954-1956 based on a Havey correspondence discussing the lead lettering L:RH 1956.08.12.

Two pieces joined together.

Handwritten lower left corner in pencil: Enlarged from small photostat -- Please return to N.Y. office.

Title created by cataloger.

Subjects

inscriptions
lettering (layout features)
quotations (texts)
stats (copies)
 

Collection

Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Rare Book Collection
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington (D.C.)