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Venuti, Ridolfino, 1705–1763
A collection of some of the finest prospects in Italy : with short remarks on them / by Abbate R. Venuti, antiquarian to the Pope, and Fellow of the Royal Society of London ; engraved by various celebrated engravers at Rome.
Additional Title(s):
Raccolta di alcune delle piu belle vedute d'Italia. English
London : Sold by J. Nourse, opposite Catherine-Street in the Strand, bookseller in ordinary to His Majesty, MDCCLXII [1762]
Physical Description:
vi, 80 p., [22] leaves of plates : ill. ; 15 x 24 cm (oblong 4to)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
DG424 .V46 1762
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
The description of the plates is in English, Italian and French, printed in three columns.
Attribution for the plates is difficult to determine. The style is consistent and they may be the work of a single hand, but 11 are signed "P Stephens D., J. Forrester sculpt." while 10 are signed with the monogram SSR (?) and "Nicole." The identity of SSR is unknown; the other artists are Peter Stephens, James Forrester, and Claude François Nicole.
Originally published in Italy as: Raccolta di alcune delle piu belle vedute d'Italia.
No more published?
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Contains an additional six plates, in the same style as the main body of plates, and including the engraved title to the Italian edition (1761). These include a double-page view of Rome, and a view of Livorno printed in green. Has bound with it: Fifty of the pleasantest landscape views in Holland (1745?); and [Book of ruins] (1749).
English short title catalogue, T89031
British Museum. General catalogue of printed books to 1955 (compact edition), v. 26, 530
Landscape views of the scenery which could be observed on a journey south from Ravenna along the coast to Loretto through Rimini, Pesaro, and Sinigaglia, then across the Apennines via Folgagno, Spoletto, Terni, Borghetto, and Castellano down to Rome. Intended primarily for travelers, to guide them to the "most beautiful and pleasant places of Italy," and to be "useful to lovers of painting and design."
Subject Terms:
Etching -- Specimens -- 1762.
Italy -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
Italy -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Nourse, J. (John), -1780, publisher.
Stephens, Peter, fl. 1760-1769, ill.
Forrester, James, 1730-1776, engraver.
Nicole, Claude François, ca. 1700-ca. 1783, engraver.
S. S. R., ill.

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