Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Naples; in ink 12
Signed and dated
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, ink, with brown, grey and blue washes 303 x 508 (four sheets joined together)
Grey wash brush try outs on the upper two sheets.
This is an accomplished view by Charles-Louis Clérisseau, which - like his drawing of the market at Pozzuoli (Adam vol.57/35) - is on four sheets of paper joined together. The inscription Naples may refer to the city itself rather than the antiquities at Baia or Pozzuoli; this is the only surviving drawing that is labelled Naples as opposed to Voyage di Napoli. However, no such scene or ruin in this form was found in Naples in the mid-eighteenth century, whereas it did exist at the amphitheatre at Pozzuoli, as depicted by Natali in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl. XXI. The view shown in Abbé de Saint-Non, Voyage Pittoresque en Sicile et Naples, Paris, 1781-6, vol.II, pl.105 opp. p.179, is possibly closer to the spirit of this drawing by Clérisseau. In his account of Herculaneum, Robert Adam refers to traversing '... an amphitheatre with the light of torches ...' (J. Fleming, Robert Adam and his Circle in Edinburgh & Rome, London, 1962, p.155). It is possible that Adam vol.57/8 and 57/9 also show part of the interior passageway structure.
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