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The Lake of Nemi or Speculum Dianae
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Joseph Wood after Wilson
The Lake of Nemi or Speculum Dianae
Published 1764
Etching and engraving
471 x 418 mm
18 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.
05/3023
E13A
Landscape with Diana expelling Callisto, having learned that she is pregnant, on the bank of a lake in the foreground, where two other nymphs comfort her. Trees frame the scene and there is a town on the distant mountainside under an extensive sky.
London 2012 (unnumbered); Tercentenary 2014 (94)
Acquired by 1821
Lettered below image with title, 'In the collection of Hen. Hoare Esqr.' and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson', 'Engrav'd by J. Wood' and publication line: 'Published by J. Boydell, Engraver in Cheapside, London 1764'
E82 Louis Marvy after Wilson, Lake Nemi or Speculum Dianæ, The British Museum (in reverse)
P127A The Lake of Nemi, with Diana and Callisto, Trustees of Jane, Lucy and Charles Hoare, The National Trust, Strourhead
Thiis print was based on P127A The Lake of Nemi, with Diana and Callisto, Trustees of Jane, Lucy and Charles Hoare, on loan to the National Trust, Stourhead. As stated in the inscription the painting belonged to Wilson's patron, Henry Hoare. Originally announced in a newspaper advertisement in October 1758, the print was finally published by John Boydell in 1764 as a pendant to Wood's engraving The Gipsies after Gainsborough.
Edwards 1808, p. 88; WGC, p. 165; Clayton 1997, p. 188; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 279
Conserved 2012 by Emma Cox