This scene of Neapolitan peasant life includes musicians, card players and a wine-seller. Glimpsed through the mouth of the cave is the Bay of Naples with the Castel dell’Ovo and Vesuvius in the distance. There are a number of different versions of this composition, one of which, signed and dated 1766, is in the Royal Collection.
Pietro Fabris Naples from the West, with Peasants Gaming about 1760 © Compton VerneyPhoto by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
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