The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

4 February 1778   Wednesday
Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume I

Ancient marble vase decorated with four scenic masks representing the four seasons or the four ages of man. It can be seen at the entrance to the Villa Borghese Palace.
To Mr. William Beckford English Knight lover and follower of the fine arts in deed of respect
The Knight Gio. Batt(ist)a Piranesi D. D. D.
Cavaliere Piranesi del' ed inc.

4 February 1812   Tuesday

Morning clear, wind violent from NW. Therm. 38. Clouds rising to wind [?] and the air seems to grow colder. Ground slightly frozen thawed. Therm. rose to [blank]. I was closely[?] employed in posting accounts of joint estate with A... Morris till 11 PM. Wind drew to W Southerly.

4 February 2007
A Miers Fisher Banquet of Lawyers
Went to congress again. Heard Mr. Duche read Prayers. The Collect for the day, the 7th of the Month, was most admirably adapted, tho this was accidental, or rather Providential. A Prayer, which he gave us of his own Composition, was as pertinent, as affectionate, as sublime, as devout, as I ever heard offered up to Heaven. He filled every Bosom present.
Dined with Mr. Miers Fisher, a young Quaker and a Lawyer. We saw his Library, which is clever.
But this plain Friend, and his plain, tho pretty Wife, with her Thee's and Thou's, had provided us the most Costly Entertainment. Ducks, Hams, Chickens, Beef, Pigg, Tarts, Creams, Custards, Gellies, fools, Trifles, floating Islands, Beer, Porter, Punch, Wine and a long &c.
We had a large Collection of Lawyers, at Table. Mr. Andrew Allen, the Attorney General, a Mr. Morris, the Prothonotary, Mr. Fisher, Mr. McKean, Mr. Rodney -- besides these We had Mr. Reed, Govr. Hopkins and Governor Ward.
We had much Conversation upon the Practice of Law, in our different Provinces, but at last We got swallowed up, in Politicks, and the great Question of Parliamentary Jurisdiction. Mr. Allen asks me, from whence do you derive your Laws? How do you entitle yourselves to English Privileges? Is not Lord Mansfield on the Side of Power?
It is the above passage from John Adams' diary that has led subsequent 'historians' to surmise that John Adams once visited Ury House. Miers Fisher did not own Ury House until 1790.
political architects
Eutropia, Helena, and Constantine
They did a lot more than dabble; their architecture and urbanism shifted the whole paradigm of the Roman Empire.

4 February 2018


4 February 2023   Saturday

Vases, Candelabra, Grave Stones, Sarcophagi. Tripods, Lamps and Ancient Ornaments   volume II

Ancient marble bas-relief existing in Velletri in the Borgiano Museum
Cav. Francesco Piranesi inc.       1786.

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