HACKERT, After Jakob Philipp (1737-1807)
Vue des Ruines du Pont d'Auguste sur la Nera a Narni
Naples: chez l'Auteur, 1779. Engraving, coloured by hand, by Georg Abraham Hackert. (Small chips to outer blank margins). Image size (including text): 14 7/8 x 21 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 20 11/16 x 26 9/16 inches.
A fine view of the Nera Valley in Umbria, southern Italy.
The view shows the ruins of the bridge of Augustus over the River Nera with the hill-top town of Narni visible in the background. Jacob Philipp or Johann Philipp Hackert was born in Prenzlau. He travelled extensively within Europe and was one of a group of artists who achieved a notable degree of success with their images of picturesque landscapes. He spent a great deal of his time in Italy, particularly Rome, Florence and Naples. He worked both for Catherine the Great of Russia and for King Ferdinand of Naples. His brother Georg Hackert (1755-1805) accompanied him to Naples and set up as an engraver and print-seller in 1786.