Pietro Fabris (Naples 1740-1792)
Formerly attributed to Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain
View of the ruins of an ancient edifice on the high ground of baia/Campi Flegrei, Naples
Pen and black ink, brush and black ink, grey wash on paper
285x535 mm (original sheet)
Provenance: private collection, Vienna
Archibald Robertson published a set of aquatints, etched by Paul Sandby, of drawings by Pietro Fabris in 17771. Our sheet is one of the original Fabris' drawings used by Sandby for his etchings (Fig. 1). Few differences exist between the Fabris drawing and the Sandby aquatint: a man sitting on a rock on the left of the etching and a couple of women walking in the background (Fig. 1).
1J.R.Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R.Abbey, London, 1957.