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Fish food fresco from Herculaneum. Antique engraving c1757.

Fish food fresco from Herculaneum. Antique engraving c1757.

by Vanni, Niccolo

Antique print of eel and fish Herculaneum fresco.

Small copperplate engraving c.1757 from a drawing by Niccolo Vanni for the most important archaeological work of the 18th century - the recording of the discoveries at Pompeii, Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Stabiae (Campania), the region that had been covered since the eruption of Mt Vesusius late in AD79. Small engravings were used as headpieces and tailpieces to decorate pages of text in grand publications hundreds of years ago. This wonderful engraving which is as published (uncoloured) on hand-made paper, was from Le Antichita di Ercolano Esposte (Herculaneum Antiquities Exposed), published in Naples between 1757 and 1792 under the patronage of King Charles II of Naples.

To intaglio impression measures 140 x 155mm (5 1/2 x 6 1/8 inches). (There is a faint diagonal bend across the top right corner of the platemark. Hence the price.)

Stock Number: apVanni125Price: $30.00