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The interior of a sepulchral chamber of Augustus' household on the Via Appia, with barrels stored, Rome; study for a print, formerly in an album
Watercolour over graphite
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Height: 494 millimetres
Width: 640 millimetres
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- See introductory comment under 1955,1210.10.1.
This chamber, also referred to as the 'Colombario dei liberti di Augusto', is found on the left hand side of the Via Appia shortly after the Chapel of Reginald Pole (see 1955,1210.10.27). On the BAV version of this drawing (see below) the inscription reads: 'Inside view of a sepulchral vault on the left of the Via Appia belonging to the Family of Augustus'. 'Family' here is to be intended as 'familia', that is household. It is actually not sure whether this burial site was dedicated to the household of Augustus or Livia, or both.
The site has been transformed into a restaurant still extant and it is notable that already at the time of Labruzzi it was used for storing wine or vinegar barrells.
Piranesi reproduced it in 'Le Antichità Romane' (t. II, 40-42).
Watermark: beehive in a shield.
For a thorough study of Labruzzi's works on the Via Appia see: P.A. de Rosa - B. Jatta, 'La Via Appia nei disegni di Carlo Labruzzi alla Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana', Città del Vaticano B.A.V. 2013.
For the print see C. Labruzzi, 'VIA APPIA ILLUSTRATA AB URBE ROMA AD CAPUAM', Rome and London, 1794, No 16.
Variations of the drawing: BAV, Vat. Lat. 14929(22); ASL, Bibl. Sarti, vol. I, 18.
Lit.: De Rosa - Jatta, cit., under cat. 22, pp. 178-9.
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- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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