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Near Rome
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Near Rome
1820
Etching on chine collé
112 x 187 mm
4 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.
1854,0708.59
E72/2
A landscape near Rome, with a couple standing on a riverbank at the centre foreground. There are an ancient altar and stone block nearby at the right with steep rocks and trees on the far bank and mountains in the distance to the left.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image: 'The Original Painting is in the Possession of Lady Ford | NEAR ROME'; production details: 'R. Wilson pinxit | 1768. | T. Hastings fecit | 1820.
D172 A Roman Altar at Palestrina, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
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P156 Near Rome, Private Collection, England
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 is 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.
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 221 under pl. 111b; 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.