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Antonio Senape

1788 Rome – 1850 Naples

Very little is known of the life of the draughtsman, Antonio Senape, who was born in Rome around 1788 and described himself as a “disegnatore di paesi con la penna”. After 1815 he was active in southern Italy and subsequently settled in Naples, where he began making a prodigious number of vedute dal vero. These views of city landmarks, often assembled in albums, were made for foreign, often English, travellers and enjoyed increasing popularity in the era of the Bourbon Restoration.