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Thomas Christopher Hofland
WORKSOP 1777 - 1843 LEAMINGTON SPA
CASTELLAMARE; TAKEN FROM THE NEW ROAD LEADING TO SORRENTO, ITALY 

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Commissioned by George Wyndham, 4th Earl of Egremont (1786–1845); 
By whose Executors sold, London, Christie's, 26 November 1892, lot 116;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 6 July 1977, lot 97; 
With Oscar and Peter Johnson, Ltd, Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London (according to a label, verso);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 18 November 1992, lot 74;
Where acquired by the present owner. 

相關資料

Castellamare (now known as Castellammare di Stabia) is a comune on the southern side of the Gulf of Naples, beneath Monte Faito on the Sorrentine peninsula. Situated near the site of the Roman town of Stabiae, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., in the late 18th century it became an important centre for shipbuilding and housed the naval arsenal for the Neapolitan royal family.

In 1840 Hofland was commissioned by Lord Egremont to paint a series of views of Italy. Having never previously travelled on the continent he subsequently spent nine months in the vicinity of Rome and Naples, and on his return completed five of an anticipated series of twelve Italian subjects. In 1842 he exhibited a drawing of this subject at the Royal Academy, no. 948, which presumably served as the basis for the composition of the present work. Illness prevented further progress, however, and he died in January 1843. 

In 1892, when Lord Egremont's collection was sold, this was one of three paintings of Italian views by Hofland that were included in the sale. The other two being a view of The City and Bay of Salerno (lot 113) and a View of Naples – a sketch (lot 114). A fourth painting by Hofland, a sketch for his celebrated view of Jerusalem in the Leicester Collection at Tabley House, was also included in the sale (lot 115). 

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