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The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / The Bridgeman Art Library
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
c.1752-57 (undated)
Oil on canvas
63.2 x 77.1 cm
24 7/8 x 30 3/8 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
[?] BI 1845 (102 - Landscape, lent Richard H. Solly); London, Leggatt 1952 (8, repr.)
Richard Horsman Solly (1774?-1858), geologist, London 1844; [...] with Gooden & Fox, London 1952; with Agnews, London 1954; Count Alessandro Manassei di Collestatte; Lady Wichfield, Hampshire; Private Collection, England; Thomas Agnew & Sons Ltd, London; acquired by the Hamburger Kunsthalle wiith funds from the Campe'sche Historische Kunststiftung, 1975.
According to W.G. Constable the canvas is said to be Italian
[1] Stretcher, inscribed in an old hand: No 2 | paesaggio medio Wilson
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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As noted by W.G. Constable, the old label verso suggests that the picture was painted in Italy.
WGC, p. 207, pl. 92a (unnumbered version); Gazette des Beaux-Arts, March 1976 (79); Hamburger Kunsthalle, 'Erwerbungen für die Gemäldegalerie im Jahre 1976', Jahrbuch der Hamburger Kunstsammlungen 22, 1977, pp. 187-194; M. Sitt, Die deutschen, englischen, französischen, italienischen und spanischen Gemälde 1350-1800, 2007 (Die Sammlungen der Hamburger Kunsthalle, vol. 1, ed. Uwe M. Schneede & Martina Sitt), pp. 374-375.
Dimensions framed: 82 x 93.5 x 9.5 cm