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View in Italy (A Summer Evening ('On the Arno' - II))
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
View in Italy (A Summer Evening ('On the Arno' - II))
Published 1821
Etching on chine collé
180 x 227 mm
7 x 8 15/16 in.
An Italianate rural landscape, with a high foreground overlooking a wide river with a broken tree trunk to the left and a boy fishing with a seated girl playing with her child in the centre. In the middle distance is a rocky cliff to the right, surmounted by a round tower and other buildings. There is a shallow bank to the left, with an ancient building, hazy plains and mountains in the distance. The delicate light is reflected in the river and enhances the sense of space.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford', production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson' 'Etched by T. Hastings. | and published in London. 1821'
P97 A Summer Evening ('On the Arno' - II), Private Collection, England plus 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.
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 214, under pl. 100b; 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.