Man and Woman from Castellon in the Province of Terra di Lavoro in the Kingdom of Naples
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The composition is known only in one version of 1816, which was issued in the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interessanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincie diverse del Regno di Napoli (Collection of 50 most interesting picturesque costumes from cities, towns and villages of different provinces of the Kingdom of Naples) published by Giovanni Scudellari in Rome in 1817. A similar smaller square engraving is dated from 1814. It is a foreground composition. Two people are depicted on a stony embankment – a noble young woman in traditional Neapolitan clothing is sitting on a high plinth, while a young fishmonger is standing in front of her offering his goods. The guy is dressed in a blue jacket over a red shirt, striped pants belted with a wide waistband; on his head he has a blue cap; there are slippers on his feet. The woman is pointing at his fish, apparently offering her price. The whole scene is taking place in the background of the city of Formia south of Rome, which the author named Castellone after one of the towers of this seaside city. However, on the engraving, one can see the tower of Mola, the other famous tower in Formia. The people’s clothing is painted with bright colors. The trees, water surface, and the view of the city are painted with dimmed colors.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature – Pinelli, date – 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Uomo, e Donna di Castellone, della Provincia di Terra di Lavoro nel Regno di Napoli. There is a number "3" in the upper right corner above the image.