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Friday 15 October 2021

Carlo Nolli’s engraving, “Herculaneum Fresco: Fauns on Tightropes”, 1762, after Giovanni Elia Morghen

Carlo Nolli (1720–c1776)

“Herculaneum Fresco: Fauns on Tightropes” (descriptive title only), c1762, after the intermediary design by Giovanni Elia Morghen (1721–1789) after two horizontal fresco panels excavated in Herculaneum, published in Naples in 1762 by Regia Stamperia as Table 32 (Tavola XXXIII) on page 161 in “Le pitture antiche d'Ercolano e contorni incise con qualche spiegazione” (The ancient paintings of Herculaneum and engraved contours with some explanation), volume 3. offers and online view of this print and its context in the publication; see

Engraving on laid paper (with watermark).

Size: (sheet) 31.9 x 42.8 cm; (plate) 34.4 x 24.5 cm; (outer image borderline) 23.8 x 32.7 cm.

Lettered in plate: (lower left) “Gio. Morghen dis.”; (lower centre above and below a double scale rule) “due palmi Napoletani/ due palmi Romani”; (lower right) “Nolli Sc./ (vertical) Pag. 161.”

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression with generous margins in near pristine condition for its considerable age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this elegant engraving reproducing (with dual scale rules) two horizontal fresco panels unearthed from the Mount Vesuvius destroyed ancient Roman city of Herculaneum, for AU$248 (currently US$184.16/EUR158.58/GBP134.68 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this engraving showing two fauns on festooned tightropes, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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