Paul Sandby (Nottingham 1731-Paddington 1809)
Formerly attributed to Jean Baptiste Claude Chatelain and Pietro Fabris
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
In 1777, Archibald Robertson published a set of aquatints etched by Paul Sandby after Pietro Fabris's works1. Our sheet is one of the original Sandby's drawings used for such etchings (Fig. 1). Few differences exist between the drawing and the 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.