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The Lake of Nemi or Speculum Dianae
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Joseph Wood after Wilson
The Lake of Nemi or Speculum Dianae
Published 1764
Engraving on laid paper inlaid onto modern cream paper
516 x 450 mm
20 5/16 x 17 11/16 in.
NMW A 11002
E13B
Landscape with Diana expelling Callisto, having learned that she is pregnant, on the bank of a lake in the foreground, where two other nymphs comfort her. Trees frame the scene and there is a town on the distant mountainside under an extensive sky.
Given by Major F. Treharne James, 1918
Lettered below image with title, 'In the collection of Hen. Hoare Esqr.' and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson', 'Engrav'd by J. Wood' and publication line: 'Published by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, London 1764'.
Inscribed lower right in modern pencil: F/V/
E82 Louis Marvy after Wilson, Lake Nemi or Speculum Dianæ, The British Museum (in reverse)
P127A The Lake of Nemi, with Diana and Callisto, Trustees of Jane, Lucy and Charles Hoare, The National Trust, Strourhead
Thiis print was based on P127A The Lake of Nemi, with Diana and Callisto, Trustees of Jane, Lucy and Charles Hoare, on loan to the National Trust, Stourhead. As stated in the inscription the painting belonged to Wilson's patron, Henry Hoare. Originally announced in a newspaper advertisement in October 1758, the print was finally published by John Boydell in 1764 as a pendant to Wood's engraving The Gipsies after Gainsborough.
18.14
1918.2
Edwards 1808, p. 88; WGC, p. 165; Clayton 1997, p. 188; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 279
Trimmed to near platemark. Needs surface clean.