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Lake of Albano
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Lake of Albano
Published September 1820
Etching on chine collé
143 x 208 mm
5 5/8 x 8 3/16 in
1881,0312.23
E72/3A
View of a lake from a hillside, with a seated figure sketching in the centre foreground and a bearded man standing to his left. There is a hillside town in the middle ground at the left and beyond the lake mountains in the background to the right.
Donated by John Deffett Francis, 1881
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original in the Possession of Lady Ford'; production details and publication line: 'R. Wilson pinxit | 1768 . in Roma | T. Hastings fecit | 1820 in Londini | Published as the Act directs by T. Hastings | Sepr. 1820'
D221 Lake Nemi with Two Friars, Victoria & Albert Museum (DYCE.643)
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P159 Lake Nemi with two Friars, Private Collection, England
P159A Lake Nemi with two Friars, Private Collection
Despite the inscription Wilson had long since left Italy by 1768 and the lake depicted is Nemi, not Albano. As noted by Constable, Hastings's incorrect title no doubt led to later mistakes. From a set of four etchings, sewn into white wrappers, sold by Colnaghi & Sons and published by Hurst, Robinson & Co.; one sheet with image cut and pasted onto the front wrapper, which is inscribed in pen and ink at the top: No1 | Proofs - India | 5s' and signed below: 'J. Deffett Francis.' See also E72/1A On Hounslow Heath, E72/2A Near Rome, E72/4A Villa Emelia .
Hastings 1825; WGC, p.207 under pl. 94b; Yule 2015, pp. 60 & 69
09/12/2015