Sorbet Seller in Naples
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The work is from the Neapolitan series. The engraving probably dates back to 1816. Its variant in black and white version was issued in the album entitled Raccolta di 50 costumi li più interresanti delle città, terre e paesi in provincia 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. B. Pinelli also performed this composition in a square frame (it is presented in the album published in Leipzig in1840). In the foreground there are bright figures of Neapolitans. This is a young salesman who is giving the girl some sorbet from a long spoon. Next to the girl there is her older brother; with one of his hands on the girl's shoulder, he is passing the coin to the seller with the other hand. Close to them, there is a barrel of ice, in which a cylinder with sorbet is placed; in front of the barrel there is a basket of sweets. The action is taking place in one of the squares of Naples (apparently, this is the northern part of the city called Sanita), between the sacred buildings and against the background of Vesuvius, the top of which is fuming in the distance. The author used bright colors, depicting clothes of the characters, and dimmed ocher and blue tones while performing the second and background plans. Sorbet (sorbetto) is a frozen dessert of fruit juices, sweetened water, and honey. It was popular in Naples. In 1775, the Neapolitan physician Filippo Baldini published a brochure "De 'Sorbetti", in which he singled out fruit, chocolate, and milk sorts of this dessert. The milk dessert was also called il gelato, that is an ice cream.
In the lower right corner there is the author’s signature Pinelli f. [fеcit]. In the center of the engraving under the image there is the work’s title Venditore di Sorbetti, in Napoli. There is a number "44" in the upper right corner above the plate.