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Lago d'Agnano, near Naples - II (Lago d'Agnano with the Grotta del Cane II) (Italian Lake Scene)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Lago d'Agnano, near Naples - II (Lago d'Agnano with the Grotta del Cane II) (Italian Lake Scene)
Undated
Oil on canvas
36.8 x 48 cm
14 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.
P.2-1912
P48
Presented by James Orrock, 1912
The waterfilled volcanic crater near Naples was a popular resort in ancient times on account of its hot, sulphurous springs but was drained in the 1870s in order to limit the spread of mosquito-borne malaria. It had been a major attraction for 18th century Grand Tourists.
D160 Grotto del Cane, Lago d' Agnano, near Naples, Victorial & Albert Museum (DYCE.639)
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In 1953 W.G. Constable reported the condition as rubbed, with the impasto flattened. Kate Lowry has noted: Plain weave linen canvas. Glue-relined. Original turnovers exist partially and some of the original paint wraps around the stretcher along all edges. Possibly a commercially-prepared ground, grey in colour. Landscape underpainted with a pale pink. Paint film generally thin. It is not clear whether this is due to over cleaning or a sketchy, or perhaps unfinished, paint application. Sky is painted down to the landscape. There is slight impasto in the figures. Blobs of blue-green paint in foreground are unlike Wilson.