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The Blue Grotto, Capri
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The Blue Grotto, Capri

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Description The Düsseldorf-trained artist visited Naples and Capri in the summer of 1857. This drawing bears an inscription on the reverse: "Mr. Walters with the compliments of the author." It was formerly housed in one of William T. Walters' many drawings albums. The Blue Grotto on the north side of the island of Capri had become renowned as an attraction for tourists during the 19th century. Because its entrance was about three feet high it could be entered in a small rowboat. The interior of the grotto is about 39 feet high and its depth is 50 feet.
Date Description Narrative
  • American Drawings from the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Italian Vistas: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993.
  • American Artists Abroad: Works from the Permanent Collection . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Front, lower left: AB; [Dedication] Reverse: Mr. Walters with the compliments of the author. Recollections of Capri; Bierstadt
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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oil on cardboard
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H: 6 13/16 × W: 8 13/16 in. (17.3 × 22.4 cm): Paper Support H: 13 1/4 × W: 14 1/2 in. (33.6 × 36.8 cm); Mat H: 14 1/4 × W: 19 1/4 in. (36.2 × 48.9 cm)
  • Italy, Capri (Place Depicted)
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