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The Arch of Titus
Tate, London 2014
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Arch of Titus
c.1752-57 (undated)
Graphite, black chalk and white highlights on light grey laid paper, laid down on buff laid paper support with old wash linings including one round edge of the paper, inlaid onto a modern cream mount
361 x 259 mm
14 3/16 x 10 3/16 in.
The overgrown arch with damaged attic storey is seen obliquely and below from the right. In the lower right centre sit a mother and child
Purchased as part of Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, 1996
Unsigned; no inscription
No inscription but on the reverse of the support there is a study in brown ink of a tree overhanging a river from the right, with a mountain behind
The Arch of Titus is located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed c.81 AD by the Emperor Domitian after the death of his older brother, Titus, to commemorate the latter's military victories, notably the Siege of Jerusalem (AD 70).
Considerable brown spotting overall, but especially upper right