A pair of 18th Century capriccios on circular panels, one depicting castle ruins with a sleeping shepherd in the foreground, the other figures travelling towards a hilltop farmhouse - the latter bearing old red wax estate seal, inscriptions and remains of label verso.
Paolo Anesi (1697 – 1773) was an Italian painter of the 18th century, active mainly in painting capriccios and landscapes (vedute) in the style of Giovanni Paolo Pannini. [Born in Florence, he trained with Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, and his pupils included Francesco Zuccarelli and Paolo Monaldi. His Views of Rome series contained both The Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.
His work is in the following British Collections:
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre (GMRC)
Burton Constable Hall &
National Trust, Hinton Ampner