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Bernini's Fountain of the Triton, Piazza Barberini, Rome
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Bernini's Fountain of the Triton, Piazza Barberini, Rome
c.1753-54 (undated)
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey paper
228 x 198 mm
9 x 7 3/4 in.
Private Collection, England
RF78
D231
Rome 1959 (674); Kenwood 1974 (24i)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
The Triton Fountain (Fontana del Tritone) by the leading Baroque sculptor, Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), was commissioned by Pope Urban VIII. It was executed in travertine in 1642-43. At its centre rises a larger than lifesize muscular Triton (a minor sea god of classical mythology), depicted as a merman kneeling on a shell borne by four dolphins' tailfins. The original purpose of the fountain was to provide water from the Acqua Felice aqueduct, which Pope Urban had restored.
Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 71, RF 78
13/09/2017