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Lake Nemi with Two Friars
Photograph Courtesy of Sotheby's
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Lake Nemi with Two Friars
Undated
Oil on canvas
43.5 x 53.5 cm
17 x 21 in.
Private Collection, UK
P159A
The view is from the southern shores of Lake Nemi and includes the town of Genzano on the left with Nemi in the distance on the extreme right. Beyond and to the left of Nemi, is the peak of Monte Cavo.
Possibly SA 1761 (137 or 138)
Sotheby's 5 June 2008 (48); Bonhams London, 17 December 2020 (66)
Unsigned; no inscription
D221 Lake Nemi with Two Friars, Victoria & Albert Museum (DYCE.643)
E72/3 Hastings after Wilson, Lake Albano, [sic] The British Museum
E72/3A Hastings after Wilson, Lake Albano, [sic] The British Museum
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[1] Francis Towne (1739-1816): The Lake of Nemi, watercolour, 1781, The British Museum (Nn,3.4)
[2] Joseph Wright of Derby, Lake Nemi, 1790-95, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven.
The view was painted by many British artists after Wilson, including Thomas Jones and William Pars.
The composition is closely based upon a drawing from Wilson's Italian period (D221). He painted a number of versions of the subject. This may be one of pair, along with P72B Lake Nemi and Genzano from the Terrace of the Capuchin Monastery, Currier Art Museum, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.
WGC, p. 207, pl. 94b, possibly version 1 or 3
In a carved wood frame