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Lake Nemi (The Head of Lake Nemi)
Courtesy of the President and Fellows of Magdalen College, Oxford
Ascribed to Wilson
Lake Nemi (The Head of Lake Nemi)
Oil on canvas
44.5 x 54 cm
17 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.
A view of the head of Lake Nemi, with the town of Nemi beyond on the right, mountains in the distance and three figures seen from behind on a hilltop in the foreground
Perhaps RA Old Masters 1884 (27)
Col. M.H. Grant; purchased by Lt. Col. R.H.R. Brocklebank June 1935; bequeathed to Magdalen College 1965
Lake Nemi, also called Speculum Dianae, Diana's Mirror, is a small circular volcanic lake 19 miles (30 km) south of Rome, it takes its name from Nemi, the largest town in the area, that overlooks it from a height.
D387/1 Lake Scene, Private Collection, England
E72/30 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, Untitled (The Head of Lake Nemi), The British Museum and other impressions
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Such an unbalanced composition is highly unusual for Wilson, giving rise to doubts about the painting's authenticity
WGC, p. 207, pl. 92a (version 2); H. Brocklebank, A Turn or two I'll walk to still my beating Mind: Commentary on a Private Collection, London 1955, pp. 55-58