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- Object: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
Jean-Claude Richard, Abbé de Saint-Non, "Voyage Pittoresque ou Description des Royaumes de Naples et de Sicile" (Paris) Volume 1 of 4, 1781; containing 102 prints of various sizes, including titlepage vignette engraved by Augustin de Saint-Aubin after Fragonard, engraved dedication to Queen Marie-Antoinette, maps, topographical views of Naples and surrounding area, views of Neapolitan architecture, etchings after paintings in Neapolitan churches and palaces, portraits of famous Neapolitan poets and musicians, depictions of Vesuvius, and representations of historical events in the Kingdom of Naples. Bound with letterpress.
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Height: 510 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 330 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The "Voyage Pittoresque" was one of the most celebrated illustrated books of the eighteenth century. For the genesis of the project, see Antony Griffiths, "The Contract between Laborde and Saint-Non for the Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile", Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 4 (December 1988), pp. 408-414. The text for the four volumes in the series was published between 1781 and 1786; the plates were issued in livraisons from March 1778 onwards. All volumes (5 in total, Volume 4 being bound in two parts) are kept at 244.a.9 to 13 (see 1936,0519.1 to 5). Drawings by Louis Jean Desprez and Claude Louis Châtelet made in preparation for the project, and loose impressions of some prints from it, are kept at various locations in the collection.
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Associated Title: Voyage Pittoresque de Naples et de Sicile
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