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Inscription lettering, south wall under arbor (1)

Accession number GD P-3-28
Alternative title Quelli chanticamente poetaro leta dell oro / & suo stato felice forse in parnaso eso loco sognaro
Garden Area
Arbor Terrace
1954 - 1956
8.0 x 19.1 cm (3.1 x 7.5 inches)
negative photostat print
Work types


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.

Italian inscription dedicated to Gelasio B.A. Caetani, the Italian ambassador to the United States from 1922 to 1924, who was a close friend of the Blisses. The text is a quotation of lines 139-141 of Canto XXVIII of Dante's Purgatorio.

The lettering of the inscription was taken from the Caetani family's manuscript of Dante's work.

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

Print unsigned, probably created by Ruth Havey based on a series of lettering examples for the inscription. One copy with handwritten initials: R.M.H.

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

Title created by cataloger.


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Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives


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