Near Rome

Near Rome
Near Rome
Near Rome
The Trustees of the British Museum
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Artist
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Title
Near Rome
Date
1820
Medium
Etching on chine collé
Dimensions
Metric: 112 x 187 mm
Imperial: 4 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.
Accession Number
1854,0708.59
Wilson Online Reference
E72/2
Description
A landscape near Rome, with a couple standing on a riverbank at the centre foreground. There are an ancient altar and stone block nearby at the right with steep rocks and trees on the far bank and mountains in the distance to the left.
Provenance
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Signature/inscription
Lettered below the image: 'The Original Painting is in the Possession of Lady Ford | NEAR ROME'; production details: 'R. Wilson pinxit | 1768. | T. Hastings fecit | 1820.
Related Drawings
D172 A Roman Altar at Palestrina, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Versions
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Related Paintings
P156 Near Rome, Private Collection, England
Critical commentary
From a series of forty etchings after paintings by Richard Wilson and additional title page, bound in a volume in red tooled leather with gold decorative border, lettered on the spine with 'Wilson's | Etchings | by | Hastings'. The title page is lettered in black and red: 'Etchings, | from the Works | of | [ facsimile of signature below portrait] Ric. Wilson | with Some Memoirs of his Life, &c. | by Thomas Hastings, Esq. | Collector of His Majesty's Customs. | "Non Ductus Officio Sed Amore Operis." Quintillian. | Published by Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London. | Johnson, Typ. Apollo Press, 1825. Brook Street, Holborn'; containing twenty pages of Introductory and Concluding Remarks by the etcher, including descriptions of Richard Wilson's original paintings.
Bibliography
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 221 under pl. 111b; Yule 2015, pp. 60 & 69
More Information
George Willis was an antiquarian book dealer, who occasionally published books and prints. His firm was active from 1832-1856 and sold many prints to the British Museum. In 1856 it merged with Thomas Sotheran to become Willis & Sotheran.