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The West Belvedere at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli (Hadrian's Villa)
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The West Belvedere at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli (Hadrian's Villa)
c.1765 (undated)
Oil on canvas
43.2 x 54 cm
17 x 21 1/4 in.
Rural scene depicting Hadrian's Villa near Tivoli in Italy. Viewed from the left bank of a river, ruined arches and a small stone building with pitched roof can be seen in the foreground. A figure stands upon the arches beside the dwelling, leaning over wooden railings from which washing is hanging. Below two figures rest beside a track running down the bank towards the river. The view from the riverbank extends across a wooded landscape towards the hills in distance. The sky is deep blue with scattered clouds.
Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, Old Master Paintings from the Private and Public Collections of New Zealand, 1959 (17)
Anon sale, Christie's 27 June 1896 (46); Sir Edward Paul Dean, Bart; with C. Marshall Spink & Son Ltd, 5,6,7 King Street, St James's, London S.W.1., 1957; purchased by Auckland City Art Gallery 1957
Unsigned; no inscription
Hadrian's Villa was begun during the emperor's reign in 125 AD and completed ten years later. It was planned so as to reproduce on one site all the famous buildings that the emperor had seen in Greece and Egypt. Later it was plundered by invaders and not excavated and restored until the Renaissance.
D170 The West Belvedere at Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
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Gallery Quarterly, no. 5, p. 4; Tomory & Gaston 1989, p. 52, no. 140
Dimensions framed: 61.8 x 73.5 cm