Gigli, Roberto (1846-1922; Italian) (?)
Goldsmith’s Arch
Watercolour, c.35.6 x 53.3 cm
Purchased, 1883
Unidentified; present location unknown

One of four Roman views bought in 1883 (see Gigli The Colosseum {1883} NGV [WT]).

The Arco degli Argentari, erected in early 3rd century Rome for the Emperor Septimius Severus, was a popular subject for 19th-century artists and photographers.

[comparative photo: Henry Abbott: Arch of the Goldsmiths from his Antiquities of Rome 1818]


AR 1883, p.33 (as measuring 14 x 21 inches); NGV 1894, p.49 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.38); NGV 1905, p.51 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.59) [£15/15] 

The Arco degli Argentari is situated next to S.Giorgio in Velabro, near the Circus Maximus. For the image reproduced above, see Antiquities of Rome: comprising twenty-four select views of its principal ruins; illustrated by a panoramic outline of the modern city, taken from the Capitol / from drawings by Henry Abbott … made in the year 1818, plate 22 (reproduction from New York Public library copy available online: see…)