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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Pierre-Adrien Pâris
VIEW OF THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS, AT POZZUOLI, NEAR NAPLES
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
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LOTS 30-52: PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Attributed to Pierre-Adrien Pâris
VIEW OF THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS, AT POZZUOLI, NEAR NAPLES
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to Pierre-Adrien Pâris
BESANÇON 1745 - 1819
VIEW OF THE TEMPLE OF SERAPIS, AT POZZUOLI, NEAR NAPLES

Catalogue Note

The composition of this drawing, in which the somewhat dilapidated, yet utterly picturesque scenery of the Temple of Serapis, at Pozzuoli, are depicted, is also known through a number of autograph versions by Pâris' celebrated contemporary, Hubert Robert.1 Robert's original design was subsequently engraved by Charles Guttemberg for inclusion in the Abbé de Saint-Non’s travel book Voyage pittoresque, ou description des royaumes de Naples et de Sicile,2 and the present drawing shares many compositional similarities with the engraving. There are, however, a number of notable differences, most significantly the two figures on the left side of the composition who are depicted in Robert's drawing and the print that is based on it as two women in conversation rather than, as here, a woman with a man whispering in her ear.

The robust handling of the red chalk medium found in this work can also be compared on stylistic grounds with a drawing by Pâris, depicting a view of The Fountain of Arethusa in the Gardens of the Villa d'Este,3 previously on the French art market in 2005.

1. See J.H. Fragonard e H. Robert a Roma, exhib. cat., Rome, Villa Medici, 1991, p. 99, no. 47, p. 127, tav. XV, reproduced
2. Ibid., p. 99, no. 47d, reproduced
3. Sale, Paris, Christie's, 17 March 2005, lot 383

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