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Strada Nomentana - II (View on the Strada Nomentana)
Private Collection, South Africa
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Strada Nomentana - II (View on the Strada Nomentana)
Oil on canvas
48.4 x 61.1 cm
19 1/16 x 24 1/16 in.
Private Collection, South Africa
A ruined temple on the banks of a stream at sunset, with three figures and dogs reflected in the water
William Bellairs [...] Sotheby's London, 6 July 1977 (128); Sotheby's London, 8 March 1989 (79)
Unsigned; no inscription
The ruin has been identified as the Sedia del Diavolo, one of many ancient tombs to be found along the Via Nomentana, northeast of Rome. Wilson first drew this structure in his Italian Sketchbook of 1752 and later included it in several other paintings such as 'Classical Landscape with Venus, Adonis and Cupids, Victoria & Albert Museum. However it is doubtful whether the subject was intended to do more than signify a generalised image of Roman greatness in decay.
E39 Joseph Farington after Wilson, Twelve Etchings of Views in Italy - In the Strada Nomentana, 1776, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven (B1977.14.21011(h)) and other impressions
E72/23 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, View on the Strada Nomentana in Italy, The British Museum (1854,0708.80) and other impressions
[1] Francis Towne (1739-1816): A Sepulchre by the Roadside going from Rome to the Ponte Nomentana, watercolour, 1780, The British Museum (Nn,2.14)
The summary style and bright colours of the figures' clothing indicate that thiis version is likely to be a later replica by the artist.
WGC, p. 210, pl. 96b (version 2) [?]
The Via Nomentana runs north east from Rome to Nomentum (Mentana), passing near the Alban Hills