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View on the Tiber with Rome in the Distance
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
View on the Tiber with Rome in the Distance
Published 1824
Etching on chine collé
177 x 217 mm
7 x 8 1/8 in.
Landscape, with a priest, a man and a woman standing together on the wooded bank of the Tiber in the foreground at the centre left. Behind them a fourth figure looks over a wall in front of trees and a tower. Across the Tiber some buildings of Rome, including St Peter's and the Castel San Angelo (Mausoleum of Hadrian), are seen in the distance.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford 4ft 7 In by 3 ft 3 In.', production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson.' 'Etched by T. Hastings 1824.'
Page numbered lower right: 38
D172 A Roman Altar at Palestrina, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
D302 Ponte Molle, Monte Mario, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
P64 Rome from the Ponte Molle, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
P64A A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance (Rome from the Ponte Molle), Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven (Lady Ford's painting)
[1] Francis Towne (1739-1816): The Ponte Molle, watercolour, 1781, The British Museum (Nn,1.20)
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. 222 under pl. 113b; 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.