Pietro Fabris was a prolific painter of scenes of Neapolitan life, which were popular subjects among visitors to Naples. This canvas shows peasants dancing and playing on the shore, with Vesuvius in the distance. Pietro Fabris’s origins remain mysterious. He called himself ‘the English painter’ but his surviving work is wholly Neapolitan in style and subject matter.
Pietro Fabris Peasants Merry making on the Shore at Posillipo 1777 © Compton VerneyOil on canvas