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Engraving - Cornice


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1573 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)
    Unknown (Engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Antonio Lafrery published this print as one in a set of 30 images. All the prints show examples of elements of ancient Roman architecture. Lafrery was a very successful Italian printer and print dealer. In 1573, he was the first person anywhere in Europe to have the idea of producing a catalogue of the prints he had for sale. His catalogue gives a description of his sets of architectural prints. It reads, 'Books of cornices, capitals and bases after the antique ruins that you can daily discover in Rome'.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Rome (published)


ca. 1573 (published)


Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)
Unknown (Engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper


Height: 13 cm size of plate, Width: 16 cm size of plate

Descriptive line

Plates (30) on fifteen sheets of cornices, capitals and bases of Antique buildings in Rome. Italian, c. 1573

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 184 (cat. 50a).


Printing ink



Subjects depicted



Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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