These luxurious engravings, with trompe l'oeil Roman architecture inspired by Nero's Golden House, derive from the engravings of Raphael's Vatican Loggie wall decoration. These early 16th century schemes were published in the Delle Loggie di Rafaele nel Vaticano. Rome: 1772-76, after drawings by Gaetano Savorelli (d. 1791) and Pietro Camporese (1763 - 1822), engraved by Giovanni Ottaviani (1735- 1808). The third part engraved by Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) after drawings by Ludovico Teseo (1731 - 1782).
A set numbered numbered I, III, VII, X, XI, XIII, with provenance from the Falanga, Naples, sold Christie's, London , 13 November 2003, lot 274
A similar two hand-coloured engravings were sold The Library at Gaiter's Green and Fine English Furniture, Christie's, London, 3 March 2003, lot 60. These were inspired by Gionvanni Volpato's engravings and attributed to the designer Jean-Baptiste Reveillon (d.1811), who was appointed Manufacture Royale to Louis XVI in 1784. These plates were possibly acquired by George Onslow (d.1814), 1st Early of Onslow, during his visits to Paris in the early 1780's whilst serving as Lord-in-Waiting to George III. They are contemporary with some of Reveillon's 'Les Deux Pigeons' paper, which the Earl acquired at this period for the drawing room at Clandon Park, Surrey (J. Cornforth et al, Clandon Park, 1995, p. 16).