Gaspar van Wittel

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Gaspar van Wittel
1652 or 1653-1736
View of the Gulf of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius along the Road from Castallammare to Pimonte
Graphite on paper.
12 1/4 x 30 3/8 inches (312 x 772 mm)
Gift of Janos Scholz.

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Extensively annotated by the artist throughout the sheet, in graphite. Inscribed on the verso, in graphite: at lower right, "golfo di Napoli dalla Salita pietra / a Pimonte"; below this, in another hand, "golfo di Napoli dalla Salita pietra folane a Piemonta"; at upper left (upside down), "Vanvitelli"; below this, in the hand of János Scholz, "ex Fatio / ph fall 1965 / from Marmier / Genève 1965".
Watermark: Sun with face. Eyes, nose, mouth, chin delinated. Sun has alternating curved and straight rays.
Watermark: Countermark: Letters "FJ". Chain line between the letters.

Possibly Bartolommeo Cavaceppi (1716-99), Rome; possibly Vincenzo Pacetti (d. 1820), Rome; and possibly Michelangelo Pacetti (b. 1793), Rome (no mark; see Lugt and Lugt S. 2057); Paul Fatio, Geneva; Marmier, Geneva; Janos Scholz, New York (no mark; see Lugt S. 2933b).
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Cavaceppi, Bartolomeo, 1717-1799, former owner.
Pacetti, Vincenzo, 1746-1820, former owner.
Pacetti, Michelangelo, 1793-1865, former owner.
Fatio, Paul, former owner.
Marmier, Marco, former owner.
Scholz, János, former owner.


In the Shadow of Vesuvius : Neapolitan Drawings from the Collection of János Scholz. New York : Finch College Museum of Art, 1969, no. 35, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 316.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 347.

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