Gouache on paper, quite large in comparison to most work by the artist offered at auctions (24" by 19"), and 2 1/4" wide quality vintage frame, signed boldly at lower left by well listed Italian artist GIOVANNI BATTISTA (1858-1925). This is a panoramic coastal scene, a common subject of the artist, who painted mostly scenes of Naples, Venice, the Amalfi coast, and Vesuvius. The painting is in excellent, unusually fresh condition with very minimal foxing. Works by Battista are offered regularly in London catalogued auctions, where they bring fine prices. I have owned other works by the artist, and sold some in those London auctions, but this is the largest example I've been able to offer.
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