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The Lake of Nemi [in] Italy
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
The Lake of Nemi [in] Italy
Published 1824
Etching on chine collé
162 x 209 mm
6 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.
A view of Lake Nemi, framed by trees, with two naked female bathers on a rock on the shore in the foreground at right. The town buildings are on a hill on the opposite bank.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford
2_ Ft_ In. by 1.8.'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson.' ' Etched by T. Hastings | 1824.'
Page numbered lower right: 33
D105 Nemi, The British Museum
P81 Lake Nemi, Figures Bathing, Private Collection, England (Lady Ford's painting)
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.
The dimensions of the related painting given in the lettering do not tally with those of P81, Lady Ford's painting.
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 208 under pl. 93a; Yule 2015
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.