Vue d'un caveau découvert à Pompeii près du Vesuve
etching, circa1774-77, on laid paper, with an AUVERGNE watermark, a good impression of this rare print
Plate 184 x 242 mm.
Sheet 195 x 259 mm.
Erhard Oskar Kaps (1915-2007), Leipzig (Lugt 3549).
Bassenge, Berlin, 4 December 2000, lot 6911.
Acquired at the above sale.
Pierre Rosenberg, Fragonard, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris (exh. cat.), 1987, p. 393-4 (fig. 1), see no. 189 (another impression illustrated).
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Fragonard's drawing of this subject, in the same direction, is at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Lyon (inv. no. 429). Fragonard visited Pompeii on 6 May 1774 and the incident of their party finding a skeleton in the basement of a building is described in some detail in Bergeret's Journal Inédit D'un Voyage En Italie, 1773-1774. (See Rosenberg, p. 394).
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