Labruzzi, Carlo (1748 - 1817)
'Ponte antico fuori di Molo (sic. Mola di Gaeta) dove passa la Via Appia / Gaeta nella distanza 16' ('Ancient bridge outside Molo (sic) where the Via Appia passes, Gaeta in the distance'). Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour. c.1789-1793. Inscribed and numbered '196'. Watermark: Beehive within a shield. Possibly manufactured by J. Honig and Zoonen. See Heawood Nos.54-57. Provenance: Commissioned by Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838) in 1789; with Messrs. Palmer (Print Sellers at 163 Strand London) by February 1794; whereabouts unknown until rediscovered in London during WWII bound into one of four albums of Labruzzi's Appian Way watercolours; John Manning (Bond Street), 1960; Karl & Faber Auctioneers, May 1977, Lot 680. Exhibited: John Manning, Carlo Labruzzi (1748-1817) An Exhibition of Fine Watercolour Drawings of The Appian Way, 9th June - 16th July 1960, Cat. No.89. 16.35x21.66 inches. Framed: 23.24x29.34 inches.

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