Seller of Antrite Nuts in Naples
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. The first known version of the engraving was dated 1814. The composition that is similar to "Lviv" one but presented in a square frame is known from the album Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interresanti delle città, terre e paesi in provinci 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 in Rome in 1814 (engravings were reissued in rectangular frames in the Roman editions of the album in 1816 and 1817). In the foreground in the center, one can see a salesman, a long-haired young man; with a wide knife, he is cutting for the girl a branch from a bunch of nuts hanging from a twig on a high stick. The young man is wearing an orange jacket, yellow knee-length trousers, and white stockings; there are black shoes with overlays on his feet; there is a black hat on his head and a purse on his belt. Right next to him, one can see a girl with her hand extended to the nuts; she is dressed in a Neapolitan yellow and blue vest and crimson skirt; there are sandals on her feet. On the left, there is a young man, the girl’s companion, who is sitting barefoot on the ground and watching what is going on. He is wearing a red vest over a white shirt and short blue trousers. In the background on the left, there is a basilica-type temple with a dome and a tower behind a row of trees with spreading crowns. There is the blue peak of Vesuvius in the distance. The young man might be selling hazelnuts, which have been cultivated in Campania since Roman times but became widely spread only during the reign of the Bourbons in the 18th-19th centuries.
In the lower left corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli fe [fecit] written in italics, and date – 1816. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Venditore di Nocchie, dette Antrite, in Napoli. There is a number "40" in the upper right corner above the plate.