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Lead inscription for top of arch in arbor

 
Accession number GD P-3-26A
Alternative title Lead inscription for top of arch in arbor for Robert Woods Bliss, esq. at Washington, D.C.
Creator
Garden Area
Terrace E
Date
1935
Measurements
75.7 x 132.0 cm (29.8 x 52.0 inches)
Materials/Techniques
graphite on tracing paper
Work types
architectural drawings
drawings

Description

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

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

Title created by cataloger.

Subjects

inscriptions
lettering (layout features)
quotations (texts)
niches
panels (ornament areas)
lead (metal)
 

Collection

Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives
 

Repository

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