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Sandby, Paul, 1731–1809
[Twenty Views of Naples and its Environs].
[London] : [Paul Sandby and Archibald Robertson], [between 1777 and 1782]
Physical Description:
1 album : aquatint, etching and engraving, printed in sepia ; sheet 32.5 x 57 cm
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T 162 (Folio B)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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From a series of twenty-four sepia aquatints that appeared between 1777 and 1782 but that, as Abbey noted, might not have been originally intended as a set. The same author considers that, although the plates are linked together by their subject matter ('views in and near Naples'), by their association to Pietro Fabris as author of the original paintings and by the fact 'that they were all engraved either by Robertson or Sandby, while many of them were published by the two jointly', related plates could have been added to an initial collection of sixteen 'Views in Naples and other parts of Italy' by Sandby. The set in the King's Topographical Collection consists of twenty plates, of which eleven were published in 1777, four in 1778, and a further four in 1782, all after Fabris. The 1782 views are considerably larger.
British Museum, Catalogue of Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860 116
A series of twenty-two plates bound together, each numbered in pencil at top right corner.
Subject Terms:
Landscapes -- Italy -- Naples -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Naples (Italy) -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Aquatints -- 1770-1790.
Views -- England -- London -- 1770-1790.
Robertson, Archibald, active 1765-1796, printmaker, publisher.
Fabris, Peter, active 18th century, artist.
George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820, former owner.
George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830, donor.

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