Naples & Rome: , 1824. Item #05068
A Fascinating Album Containing Thirty Superb Hand Colored Lithographs
of Italian Trades and Costumes
FERRARI, Filippo. LENGHI, Giacomo. [Costumi No. XXX di Roma e di altri paesi dello Stato pontificio, designati ed incini all' acqua forte da Filippo Ferrari]. [Italian Trades and Costumes]. Naples & Rome, [1824-1835]. An album of thirty fine hand colored lithograph plates and one original gouache painting.
Folio (12 x 8 3/4 inches; 305 x 222 mm.). Twenty two (of thirty) fine hand colored lithograph plates plates heightened with gum arabic, mostly with tissue guards, and one fine gouache painting. Many of the plates neatly inscribed in ink ‘Dorothea Power, March 21st 1835’. Eight hand colored lithograph plates by Giacomo Lenghi and one original gouache painting - possibly by Giacomo Lenghi.
Contemporary quarter dark green straight-grain morocco over marbled boards, smooth spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. Neatly inscribed in ink on front blank leaf "Constance Hastings, Sharavogue, from Granny’" Some of the original tissue guards crease or torn, the second plate with a small 5/8 inch lower margin tear, otherwise fine.
Dorothea Power who has inscribed her name and the date 1835 on many of the plates was most likely the sister or cousin of Lady Constance Hastings. It is possible that she was a highly accomplished colorist who colored a plain version of the book - or that she just signed her name… what is certain is that the coloring is of the highest quality with the typical use gum arabic to heighten the lithographs (see note from Hiler below).
"Also known with plates in black and white. The plates have been reproduced in color for [part 1] of Costumes des differens etats de l'Italie." (Hiler).
Rare: The last copy to appear at auction was in 1983. According to OCLC there are just five copies recorded in libraries and institutions worldwide: Univ. of San Francisco (CA, USA); Yale Univ. Library (CT, USA); Univ. of Georgia (GA, USA);The British Library (UK) and Kunstbiblio Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany).
Provenance: Lady Constance Wilmot Annie Hastings Pasley (1870-1922) daughter of Francis Power Plantagenet Hastings, 14th Earl of Huntingdon and Mary Anne Wilmot Westenra. Lady Contance married Major Sir Thomas Edward Sabine Pasley, 3rd Bt. in 1890. The family home was Sharavogue House, Sharaovoge, County Offaly, Ireland. Sharavogue house was completely destroyed by fire in the 1920s. By descent to Thomasina Beck, granddaughter of Lady Constance Hastings.
Filippo Ferrari (1819-1897) "was a disciple and imitator of Bartolmeo Pinelli (1781-1835), a popular painter of Roman folk costumes and rural life. In this series of plates, Ferrari illustrates various types of Roman dress as well as the costume of the surrounding areas within the Vatican State. It is an expanded edition of an 1826 issue which contained only 15 plates. Ferrari had originally trained as a sculptor and was employed in stage design being responsible, for example, for a well-known scene of the eruption of Vesuvius for La Scala Theatre in Bologna."
Giacomo Lenghi published Raccolta di Costumi Napoltani. [Napoli], 1854as well as the three-panel frescoe of Pompei (ca. 1840).
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London has a few examples of Giacomo Lenghi's lithographs including "Bagatterello".
1. Ritorno della Madôna dell’Arco (lith. A. Ledoux)
2. Venditore di Sorbetto
3. Brigante Calabrese (lith. Ledoux)
4. Briganta Calabrese (lith. A. Ledoux)
5. Venditrice di Uova (L. Ledoux)
6. Venditòre d’Olio (lith. A. Ledoux)
7. Ritorno della Madôna dell’Arco (lith. A. Ledoux)
8. Facchino Napolitano
9. Donna Ciociara (Ferrari Fece. Roma 1825)
10. Eminente di Roma (Ferrari)
11. Donna di Nettuno (Ferrari Fece. Roma 1825)
12. Donna di Norcia
13. Donna di Frascati (Ferrari Fece. 24)
14. Donna di Tagliacozzo (Ferrari Fece.)
15. Donna di Civita Castellana (Ferrari Fece. 1825)
16. Ciociaro (Ferrari Fece. 1825)
17. Donna di Ponte Corvo
18. Donna di Serre (F. Ferrari Fece. 1825)
19. Fusagliaro. Costume di Camerino. (F. Ferrari Fece. 1825)
20. Matriciana (Ferrari Fece.)
21. Donna di Cingoli (F. Ferrari Fece. Roma 1825)
22. Original watercolor [Untitled] Possibly by Filippo Ferrari?
23. Donna di Palestrina (F. Ferrari Fece. 1825)
24. Donna di Alatri (F. Ferrari Fece. 1825)
25. Donna di Pofi (F. Ferrari)
26. Donna di Sora di Campagna
27. Donna di Terni (F. Ferrari Fece.)
28. Donna dell’Atricia (F. Ferrari Fece. 1825)
29. Donna di Filettino (F. Ferrari Fece.)
30. Donna di Cori (F. Ferrari Fece.)
31. Donna di Castel Madama (F. Ferrari)
Bobins IV, 1222; Colas I, 1046; Hiler, p. 310; Lipperheide I, 1276.