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Landscape - A Traveller with a Dog on a Road [untitled]
The Trustees of the British Museum
William Byrne (1743-1805) after Wilson
Landscape - A Traveller with a Dog on a Road [untitled]
Puiblished 1 Auguist 1765
Etching
335 x 420 mm
13 3/16 x 16 1/2 in.
1869,0410.1036
E15B
A traveller is shown with a dog on a road in the foreground, asking a woman who sits knitting at the roadside for directions. Further left on the bank beyond a framing tree a man drawing in or consulting an open book is watched by a standing peasant. There is a valley below and classical buildings on a peak to the right, with a bridge or aqueduct and city buildings visible across the plains. Mountains can be seen in the distance. .
Sotheby's 24-27 February 1869 (174)
Lettered below image: 'Engraved from the Original Picture Painted by Mr Richard Wilson', production detail: 'Richd. Wilson pinxt', 'Willm. Byrne sculpt' and publication line: 'Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, London. Augt. 1. 1765'; numbered at lower left: 'No. 3'
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P52 Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna - I, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
P142 Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna - I , Private Collection, England
P142B Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna - I, Tate, London
P142C Tivoli: Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna - I , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
E15B was engraved by Byrne after P142B Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna - I, Tate, London. The print confirms the success of Wilson's Tivoli views painted from memory and imagination in about 1765. However, the prospect is reversed in the print, though it retains the essential elements of any Tivoli view, i.e. the Temple of the Sibyl / Vesta at the summit of the cliffs, the waterfalls and the view over the Roman Campagna. An earlier version of the painting, possibly P52, was used by Wilson in Rome for his students to copy.
Edwards 1808, p. 88