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The Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli (Ruins at the Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli)
Courtesy of the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford
Studio of Wilson
The Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli (Ruins at the Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli)
Oil on canvas
46.8 x 37.8 cm
18 3/8 x 14 7/8 in.
P0805
P137C
The scene features one of the vast arcaded galleries of what was thought at the time to be the ruined Villa of Maecenas. To the right a monk directs a well-dressed lady carrying papers towards a small archway. On the left a river winds its way behind a poplar or cypress tree. The shadows fall sharply from the upper left.
Col. M.H. Grant; bt by Col. R.H.R.Brocklebank, November 1946; bequeathed to Magdalen College by Col. Brocklebank 1965
Clouds are very blobby and fluffy. The foliage is general and impastoed. The figures are on a tiny scale and heavily impastoed. The painting of the arches is quite clumsy. The horizon line is dropped satisfactorily to the right of the tree.
In 1955 the building was considered to be the Temple of Hercules (Journal of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies/span> X, 1920, p.20., cited by Brocklebank, loc. cit.)
D130 Wilson, The Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli, The British Museum
E43 M.A. Rooker after Wilson, Twelve Etchings of Views in Italy - Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
E43A M.A. Rooker after Wilson, Villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli, The British Museum
E43B M.A. Rooker after Wilson, Villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli, The British Museum
E43C M.A. Rooker after Wilson, Villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli, Royal Academy of Arts, London
E43D M.A. Rooker after Wilson,Villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E43E M.A. Rooker after Wilson, Villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E88 Prior after Wilson, Ruins in Italy, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
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Pendant P137C Ruins at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli, Magdalen College, Oxford
The picture and its pendant are fairly rare examples of upright landscapes by Wilson
Sotheby's Reference No. 792
WGC, p. 201 under pl. 81a (3): H. Brocklebank,A Turn or two I'll walk to still my beating Mind: Commentary on a Private Collection, London, 1955, p. 53 repr.
Relined and has layer of discoloured varnish