The collection consists of 97 prints of
views of the city of Rome, dating 1589 to circa 1860, from the library of collector,
gallerist, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Countess Anna Laetitia
Anna Laetitia ("Mimì") Pecci-Blunt was born on 15 March 1885. Her father, Count Camillo
Pecci was head of the Guardia nobile pontificia and a nephew to Pope Leo XIII (Vicenzo
Gioacchino Pecci), and her mother, Silvia Bueno y Garzon was a Spanish noblewoman from Cuba.
After passing the years of World War I in Switzerland, Anna Laetitia Pecci settled in Paris
and soon immersed herself in artistic and intellectual circles, becoming friends with
Georges Braque and Jean Cocteau. She was introduced to the wealthy and cultured American
banker, Cécil Blunt, son of the collector Ferdinand Blumenthal. The marriage between the two
was celebrated in 1919 with the benediction of Pope Benedict XV, who gave Cécil Blunt the
title of Count Pecci-Blunt. The couple took up residence in Paris where they opened their
home to writers, poets, artists and musicians including Salvador Dalì, Cocteau, Paul Valéry,
Francis Poulenc, and Paul Claudel. The Pecci-Blunts had five children: Dino, Laetitia,
Viviana, Camilla and Graziella.