Gigli, Roberto (1846-1922; Italian) (?)
Temple of Vesta
Watercolour, c.35.6 x 53.3 cm
Purchased, 1883
Unidentified; present location unknown

The fourth of the set of views of Rome bought for the Melbourne collection in 1883: see Gigli The Colosseum {1883} NGV [WT].

This particular work may have been similar to a somewhat larger watercolour titled “At the fountain before the Temple of Vesta,” and signed Roberto Gigli fece, auctioned in London in 2009: see comparative reproduction shown here.

[photo: another version by Gigli, auctioned in 2009]


AR 1883, p.33 (giving size as 14” x 21”); NGV 1894, p. 49 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.38); NGV 1905, p.49 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.52) [£15/15] 

For the work auctioned by Christie’s, London, 11 Dec.2009, sale no.5860, lot 543: est.£1,500-2,000 (passed in; illustrated), reproduced here, see; the Christie’s work is noted as 19.49 in. (49.50 cm.) high by 28.50 in. (72.40 cm.) wide