Lot 18

After Huber (Jakob-Wilhelm) & Muller (Carl Theodor) lith.

Ten Views of Pompeii, coloured lithographs, views include: La Rue des Tombeaux a Napoli; Entree du Forum du Cote de la Rue des Tombeaux; Ruines du Temple de Jupiter; L’Entree dans La Basilique; L’Interieur de la Maison Panza; La Grande Colonnade Derriere les Deux Theatres; Le Forum Nundiarum, Ou Marche Public; L’Amphitheatre de Pompei; Temple D’Isis; Le Petit Theatre a Pompei; foxing, some creasing, unexamined out of frames, 530 x 650 mm, Naples, 1819.

*** These rare views originally appeared in Muller’s 1819 Collezione di Vedute pittoresche della antica citta di Pompei, no complete copy of which survives. Two years earlier, a decree signed by Ferdinando I, King of the Two Sicilies, granted Muller the right ‘to print and sell throughout the Kingdom, for a period of five full and consecutive years… work printed by lithography… for drawings of antiquity, ornament, paintings and landscape.’ The artist, Huber, had apparently drawn the views ‘on the spot’, on the occasion of a visit to the archaeological excavations by Princess Sofia of Wurttemberg.

Estimate: £800-£1,200