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Mecaenas' Villa
The Trustees of the British Museum
Charles Turner after Wilson
Mecaenas' Villa
1823 (undated)
Mezzotint and etching
173 x 204 mm
6 13/16 x 8 in.
1879,0614.318
E75
In the left foreground, an artist is seated behind an easel and a woman is standing next to him. There is a waterfall beyond and a town on a wooded hilltop, with a large ruined building lower down the hill beyond. In the middle distance two figures are silhouetted against a valley. There are thick woods to the right and an extensive landscape in the distance.
Mrs Frederick Smith, wife of the engraver Frederick Smith (d.1879); bought along with 368 other prints, from E.W. Janson, print dealer, 35 Little Russell Street, London, 1879. (See also E73).
Lettered below the image with the title and production details: 'Painted by Richard Wilson, R.A.'
D224 The Falls at Tivoli, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
E76 Turner after Wilson, View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
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P44 Tivoli, the Cascatellie Grande and the Villa of Maecenas (View of Tivoli with Rome in the Distance), National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
P44A View of Tivoli: The Cascatelle and the Villa of Maecenas, Dulwich Picture Gallery
P44B The Cascatelli of Tivoli and Villa of Maecenas, Private Collection, North America
Plate 2 of Gems of Art: Forming a Choice Collection Engraved from Pictures of Acknowledged Excellence, Beauty, & Variety, Painted by Esteemed Masters of All Ages and Countries', published by William Bernard Cooke, 9, Soho Square, in 1824. (See also E73 and E74).
A. Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, p. 259, cat. 813, II
State with scratched title, plate reworked and more lettering added. Bound with the rest of the series in the original gilded 19th century leather cover
31/01/2018