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On the Arno
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
On the Arno
Published 1823
Etching on chine collé
183 x 235 mm
7 3/16 x 9 1/4 in.
1854,0708.83
E72/26
A peasant couple dance in the left foreground, two men are seated on the ground and a woman with a baby is standing nearby. To the right a figure is studying the inscription on a tomb. Behind them is a river or lake, with ruins and buildings on the shore beyond and a town and line of hills in the distance.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of J Hawker Esqr. | From the Collection of Lady Ford.'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson.' 'Etched by T. Hastings 1823 | & published in London by | Robinson Hurst & Co. Cheapside'
P177 River Mouth with Peasants Dancing, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Neue Pinakothek, Munich and other versions
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.
PRA324475
WGC, p. 217 under pls 104c and 105a; 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.
09/12/2015