AN EXTENSIVE VIEW OF ROME ACROSS THE TIBER, SHOWING THE PONTE ROTTO (PRE-1887) AND THE PALATINE HILL IN THE BACKGROUND
Signed & titled l.l. Gab Carelli / Roma
32 x 50 cm
The present work can be dated to between 1853 and 1887: the iron footbridge that was commissioned by Pope Pius IX is visible. The footbridge was destroyed in 1887 and in its place the Ponte Palatino was constructed. Today all that remains is a single archway. See the fourth image for a photograph from 1875 showing the bridge as it was at the time Carelli painted it.
Gabriele Carelli was one of a family of watercolourists: his father Rafaelle had been patronised by the Duke of Devonshire in the 1830's, on his Grand Tour; his brother Consalvo painted numerous scenes of Naples and the surrounding countryside; and Gabrielle's son Conrad became a watercolourist, working around provincial England and the continent. Gabrielle was himself introduced to and patronised by the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth in the 1840's. Carelli also numbered among his patrons the Emperor of Russia and several members of the English aristocracy. Carelli travelled extensively and painted views of France, Italy, North Africa and the Near East. Late in life, Carelli found favour with Queen Victoria, through Lady Waterpark, who commissioned him to record the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore House (the present seat of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) between 1880-1883. The Royal Collections hold a number of his works, at Osborne House and Windsor.
Francis, Lord Napier - Notes on Modern Painting at Naples - J.W. Parker, London, 1855 - pp.121-125
E. M. Eleuteri, I Carelli una generazione di pittori, Roma 1980
C. Juler, Les Orientalistes De l'Ecole Italienne, 1994, pp.46-48