The Lake of Albano

The Lake of Albano
The Lake of Albano
The Lake of Albano
The Trustees of the British Museum
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Thomas Hastings after Wilson
The Lake of Albano
Published 1824
Etching on chine collé
Metric: 174 x 214 mm
Imperial: 6 13/16 x 8 7/16 in.
Accession Number
Wilson Online Reference
The view is from the east side of Lake Albano, with Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, on the left and on the right, Monte Cavo with the Roman villa used by Marcus Aurelius. Between them on the shore is a prominent wayside shrine and in the distance lies the Roman Campagna with aqueducts and the Sabine Hills beyond. In the foreground, a woman, two children and a dog stand on a rocky hilltop and a figure is seated to their right.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original which is 4 ft 10 In. by 3 ft 3 In. is in the Possession of Lady Ford.'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R Wilson.' ' Etched by T. Hastings |1824.'
Page numbered lower right: 39
Related Drawings
D163 Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Related Paintings
P118 Lake Albano, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
P118A Lake Albano, Private Collection, England
P118B Lake Albano (Composite Landscape with Lake Albano and Vesuvius), The Provost and Fellows of Eton College (Lady Ford's painting)
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 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.
Previous Cat/Ref Nos
Hastings 1825, repr.; WGC, p. 191 under pl. 65b; 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.
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2015-12-09 00:00:00