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The Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli
Private Collection, England
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli
Oil on canvas
47.9 x 38.4 cm
18 7/8 x 15 1/8 in.
Private Collection, England
P137D
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.
James Orrock, 48, Bedford Square, London; Christie's 4 June 1904 (150 - Italian Figures and Ruins - a pair: 42 gns); Mallam's Oxford, 1994 (223); bt by present owner
[1] Richard Wilson, Property of James Orrock, oil on canvas, 19 x 15 in.
[2] Sale stencil: 730AS
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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In a 19th century neo-classical frame of wood and gesso. Relined. The painted area has been extended at the edges by about 1 cm all round. The weave of the canvas is showing prominently on account of the relining process.