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Italian. (River and Fishrmen)
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Italian. (River and Fishrmen)
Published 1822
Etching on chine collé
163 x 188 mm
6 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.
Two men are fishing from the bank of a meandering river in the centre foreground, overshadowed by trees on the right. In the middle distance two women or monks walk towards a church.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is of the same Size and in the Possession of | Lady Ford'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson.' 'Etched by T Hastings - | publised [sic] in London 1822'
P189 River and Fishermen, Private Collection, England
From a series of forty etchings after paintings by Richard Wilson and additional title page, bound in a volume in red tooled leather with gold decorative border, lettered on the spine with 'Wilson's | Etchings | by | Hastings'; the title page lettered in black and red: 'Etchings, | from the Works | of | [ facsimile of signature below portrait] Ric. Wilson | with Some Memoirs of his Life, &c. | by Thomas Hastings, Esq. | Collector of His Majesty's Customs. | "Non Ductus Officio Sed Amore Operis." Quintillian. | Published by Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London. | Johnson, Typ. Apollo Press, 1825. Brook Street, Holborn'; containing twenty pages of Introductory and Concluding Remarks by the etcher, including descriptions of Richard Wilson's original paintings.
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 215 under pl. 102b; Yule 2015, pp. 60 & 69
George Willis was an antiquarian book dealer, who occasionally published books and prints. His firm was active from 1832-1856 and sold many prints to the British Museum. In 1856 it merged with Thomas Sotheran to become Willis & Sotheran.