[Binding title:] Panorama von Neapel.
[Naples, ca. 1822-1830]. With 24 gouaches on parchment, made by an artist working in Naples, mounted in an album in passepartouts. Near contemporary (?) embossed brown morocco (14.5 x 11 cm).
€ 8,500
Collection of 24 watercolours showing Naples, including its surroundings, and Pompeii. Before the invention of photography, small paintings such as these were very popular with the many tourists visiting Naples, including young aristocrats making a grand tour. These views were manufactured in large numbers from ready models, by artists working in the workshops near the port in Naples. Many of them worked in the style of the School of Posilippo, who in their vedute combined the traditions of Dutch 17th-century landscape painting with the free brushwork of 18th-century Venice.
As the largest city in Italy, Naples was an important stop for travellers on the 18th-century Grand Tour. This became even more so after the excavations in Pompeii began in earnest in the second half of the 18th century. Visitors to the capital of the Kingdom of the Two-Sicilies, collected images of the many highlights of their trip. In the present album this includes the market square (modern Piazza Dante), views of the bay, the palace of Casserta and the highlights of Pompeii, including the Temple of Isis. Two views show the eruption of Vesuvius in October 1822.
Slightly foxed, with some discolouring of several images near the edges. An attractive album in good condition.
Cf. Pagano, C'era una volta Napoli; Alisio e.a., Napoli com'era nelle gouaches del Sette e Ottocento.
  • Number: 1738480
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum