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Temple of Minerva Medica
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Temple of Minerva Medica
c. 1822 (undated)
Etching on chine collé
158 x 209 mm
6 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.
1854,0708.85
E72/28
Two women are standing on the wooded bank of a lake or river in the centre foreground. The ruins of the temple on appear on the hilltop to the right and other buildings are in the background.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford._ 25 In. by 28_'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson.' 'Etched by T. Hastings | and published in London | [illegible] [?] Hurst [illegible]'
Page numbered lower right: 27
D317 Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
D317A The Temple of Minerva Medica, Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester
P60 The Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome, Private Collection, England
[1] Francis Towne (1739-1816): The Temple of Minerva at Sunset, watercolour, 1781, The British Museum (Nn,1.19)
[2] J.-B.-C. Corot, Temple of Minerva Medica, Rome, 1826, Musées d'Angers
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.
PRA324499
Hastings 1825; WGC p. 206 under pl. 89; 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