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Pietro Fabris

Naples, a view over 'Il Miglio d'oro', with figures on a terrace with a telescope

Property from a Private Collection

Pietro Fabris

Pietro Fabris

Naples, a view over 'Il Miglio d'oro', with figures on a terrace with a telescope

Naples, a view over 'Il Miglio d'oro', with figures on a terrace with a telescope

Property from a Private Collection

Pietro Fabris

active in Naples 1756 - 1780

Naples, a view over 'Il Miglio d'oro', with figures on a terrace with a telescope


oil on canvas laid on panel, a fragment

unframed: 27 x 44.3 cm.; 10⅝ x 17½ in.

framed: 43 x 59.6 cm.; 16⅞ x 23½ in.

The canvas is laid on a panel, which is thin and slightly bowed. The paint surface is clean with a slightly discoloured a varnish, and the surface itself appears quite thin throughout, notably in the figures and the foreground, where the network of craquelure also appears more distinct. There are seven small lines of paint loss, the longest of which is approx. 3 cm. (all visible in the image), and there is a further small paint loss in the centre of the background (no bigger than 0.5 cm.). Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a rather thick varnish, underneath which only few and very small spots of retouching are revealed. The painting is in overall fair condition.


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Originally, this painting most probably formed part of a view over the city and gulf of Naples. The fragment depicts figures surveying part of 'Il Miglio d'oro' ('The Golden Mile') – the coastal road connecting the city to the Royal Palace of Portici, created for Charles of Bourbon (1716–1788) between 1738 and 1742, along which the Neapolitan nobility constructed a number of magnificent villas and palaces surrounded by gardens.


Fabris was familiar with these environs, particularly through his patron Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples, who owned Villa Angelica, in Portici. Fabris painted the Villa Angelica in a pair of views sold at Sotheby's, New York, 30 January 2014, lot 127.1 It is not impossible that the present work may once have formed a section of a view taken from the south-facing terrace of the villa.


We are grateful to Ermanno Bellucci for endorsing the attribution to Pietro Fabris on the basis of a digital image, and for his help in the cataloguing of this lot.


1 https://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.127.html/2014/the-courts-of-europe-n09107