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The Gypsies
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
The Gypsies
Published October 1820
Etching on chine collé
144 x 199 mm
5 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.
1854,0708.62
E72/5
View from a wooded hill across a plain with a river winding towards distant mountains. Two gypsy women are standing under a tree in the left foreground, while a man is seated at the centre and another nearby on the slope.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original Painting is in the Possession of T. Hastings.', production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson. | 1771' ' Etched by T. Hastings. 1820' | Pubd. by T. Hastings as the Act directs October. 1820.'
E50 Samuel Alken after Wilson, The Gypsies, 1783, The British Museum (1877,0811.497) plus other impressions
P176 Gypsies on a Road near Rome, Private Collection, England and 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. In his text, Hastings calls E72/5 'View near Albano, Peasants of Ditto, or Frescati' and describes the differences between his own and the Ford picture.
PPA234266
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 200 under pl. 79b; 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.
06/12/2017