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The Falls of Tivoli
The Trustees of the British Museum
Ascribed to Wilson
The Falls of Tivoli
c.1752-56 (undated)
Graphite and brown wash, heightened with white, with pen and brown ink on brownish paper
269 x 413 mm
10 7/16 x 16 1/4 in.
1873,1213.129
D98A
The falls of Tivoli are shown with buildings and trees on either side, apparently viewed from the Ponte San Rocco, looking across the torrent and emphasising the beauty and power of the surging water. The town of Tivoli lies beyond and the cathedral with its tower to left of the centre.
Donated by John Deffett Francis, December1873
Unsigned; no inscription
Verso invisible as paper laid down
D98 Wilson, View of Tivoli, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Joseph Denis (1755-1813), The Cascades at Tivoli with an Artist sketching, Gere Collection, on loan to the National Gallery, London
The use of wash is highly unusual for Wilson and in view of this and the rough and uneven handling of the drawing it may have been added by another hand over a graphite composition by Wilson. Alternatively, the entire drawing may be by another hand altogether.The view was in any case a popular one with Wilson, his contemporaries and successors (cf P98A View of Tivoli, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).
Binyon 15
Waterfall at Tivoli near Rome