Inscribed in pencil in a contemporary hand Arco felicie Baia; in ink 31
Signed and dated
Undated, probably 1755.
Medium and dimensions
Pencil, grey, blue and brown washes203 x 311
This drawing attributed to Charles-Louis Clérisseau, and that by Robert Adam in Adam vol.57/32, depict views of the Arco Felice between Cuma and the Lago del Fusaro, both drawn from almost the same spot. The composition by Clérisseau is possibly the better and more dramatic, making greater play between the constructed arch and the ruined and overgrown side walls and contrasting shadows. Both drawings may be compared with a contemporary view by Giovanni Battista Natali (1698-1765), engraved in Paoli, Avanzi Delle Antichita Esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baja, Naples, 1768, pl.XLV, which shows considerably more detail of the structure of the arch and its setting. The Arco Felice was of brick construction, 63 feet in height, and spanned a hollow with an aqueduct above; it was built in the 3rd century AD by the Emperor Diocletian.
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