The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)

The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / The Bridgeman Art Library
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Head of Lake Nemi (The Nemi Lake near Rome)
c.1752-57 (undated)
Oil on canvas
Metric: 63.2 x 77.1 cm
Imperial: 24 7/8 x 30 3/8 in.
Accession Number
Wilson Online Reference
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 Agnew’s, 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.
Techniques and materials
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.
Related Drawings
D387/1 Lake Scene, Private Collection, England
Related Prints
E72/30 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, Untitled (The Head of Lake Nemi), The British Museum and other impressions
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Critical commentary
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
Updated by Compiler
2021-01-20 00:00:00