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Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna [untitled]
Royal Academy of Arts, London
William Byrne (1743-1805) after Wilson
Tivoli: The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna [untitled]
Published 1 August 1765
Etching and engraving
303 X 405 mm
11 15/16 x 15 15/16 in.
05/3437
E15C
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.
London 2012 (unnumbered)
Purchased from Thomas Cadell the younger's executors, 27 March 1844
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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
E15C 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.
PL003687
Edwards 1808, p. 88
Trimmed on all edges. Conserved 2012 by Emma Cox