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Mecaenas' Villa
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Charles Turner after Wilson
Mecaenas' Villa
Steel engraving on white laid paper with additional strip of modern cream paper along lower edge
171 x 204 mm (original paper size)
6 3/4 x 8 in. (original paper size)
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.
Given by Major F. Treharne James, 1922
[1] Lettered below the image with the title, production and publication details: 'Painted by Richard Wilson. R.A.' 'Engraved on Steel by Chas. Turner' | GEMS OF ART. PLATE 2. | London, Published March 1st. 1823, by W.B Cooke, 9. Soho Square.'
[2] Inscribed in pencil, lower right: 'Early State'
[1] Upper right, pencil: '21'
[2] Lower right, pencil: NMWA 10923
D224 The Falls at Tivoli, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
E76 Charles Turner after Wilson, View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
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P44 Tivoli, the Cascatelle 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 Cascatelle 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, III
Slight discolouration overall. Repaired tear lower right corner.