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Italian Scenery (River and Farmhouse - I)
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Italian Scenery (River and Farmhouse - I)
Published 22 March 1822
Etching on chine collé
164 x 222 mm
6 7/16 x 8 3/4 in.
Landscape with a lake and boating figures; a man and a woman with a dog converse under framing trees in the foreground at left. A prominent building stands in the middle ground with hills beyond.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford of Gloucester Place. (1.9 ft. by 1.5 ft.)'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson, R.A.' 'Etched by T Hastings. | & published in London March 22 | 1822'
P35 River and Farmhouse -I (Italian River Scene with Figures), Victoria & Albert Museum, London
P35A River and Farmhouse - I (River Scene with Lime Kiln), The Bowes Museum
P35B River and Farmhouse - I (River with Lime Kiln), Petworth House, National Trust
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. 216 under pl. 103a; 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.