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Maecena's Villa at Tivoli
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
John Le Keux (1783-1846) after Wilson
Maecena's Villa at Tivoli
Published March 1833
Steel engraving on white paper
305 x 338 mm
12 x 13 5/16 in.
NMW A 10922
Landscape with two women beside a stream in the foreground, one kneeling to fill a vessel. There is antique masonry and a large boulder to their right and a waterfall and prominent antique buildings on a densely forested slope behind.
Given by Isaac John Williams, 1920
[1] Lettered below the image with the title, 'R. WILSON, PINXT' 'J. LE KEUX, SCULPT.' and production details:'Printed by Mr. Queen | London, Published March 1833, for the Associated Engravers by Mr. John Pye, 42, Cirencester Place.'
[2] Lower right corner, pencil: 20.449
[1] Lower right, pencil: NMWA 10922
The view is up the gorge of the River Aniene, showing the lower cascades in the middle distance and above them, the ruins of the so-called Villa of Maecenas or Temple of Hercules. The small building on the hillside is the Tempio della Tosse (Temple of Coughing), perhaps a tomb. As noted by Solkin, however, the foreground and middleground seem to be entirely invented, while the villa itself and the temple are shown on a much lower slope than they occupy in reality.
D260 Villa of Maecenas, Tate, London
E72/7 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, The Villa of Maecenas, The British Museum
E79/2 Robert Brandard after Wilson, Maecenas' Villa at Tivoli, The British Museum
P71 Distant View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, Tate, London
P71B Distant View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
P71C Distant View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli (Tivoli, Villa of Maecenas), Private Collection, England
P71D Distant View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool
Good condition