"View Of Naples, Gouache On Paper, Nineteenth""Veduta di Napoli dell 'arena del Ponte della Maddalena", Neapolitan School, nineteenth, gouache on paper. The frame is an old, Italian, wooden frame, gilded with gold leaf, carved and openwork. The bridge of the Madeleine is one of the oldest bridges of Naples. It is located east of the city, in the street of the same name. During the eruption of Vesuvius in 1767, the lava stopped a short distance from the bridge. In "Picturesque Voyage to Naples and Sicily", Volume 1, by Jean Claude Richard of Saint Non and Pierre Joseph Charrin, published Dec. 1829 at the publisher Dufour, we read: "Our Atlas contains several views of Vesuvius: the first is taken out of the city of Naples, a short distance from the bridge of the Madeleine, and near the place called Dogana There may be about ten miles from there in Vesuvius, following the gulf and the road from Naples to Portici, and six miles in a straight line, which is about two and a half leagues, about three Leagues from France, one can see in the distance the town and the castle of Portici, situated at the very foot of Vesuvius, and farther the coast of Sorrento. "