Early 19th-Century English School, Italianate Pastoral Scene With Ancient Ruins

Early 19th-Century English School, Italianate Pastoral Scene With Ancient Ruins

This beautiful early 19th-century pastoral scene depicts a gentle view across to ancient ruins with cattle in the foreground. It’s a tranquil vista lit by a radiant Italian sky.

During the early part of the 19th century, it was common for British artists of repute to soak up the glorious environs of the Roman Campagna. Encouraged by patrons who sought to decorate their homes with artworks inspired by antiquity, they went in search of classical ideals. Artists flocked from various parts of Europe to converge on popular viewing points - often those that inspired 17th-century luminaries, such as Claude Lorrain (1604/5-1682).

Here, we see a view that’s probably looking over to The Temple of Sibyl at Tivoli, Rome. JMW Turner (1775-1851) painted a similar vista, as did ‘the father of British landscape painting’ Richard Wilson (1714 -1782). A magnificent far-reaching vantage point, which illuminates the splendid Roman countryside.

The painting is held within an early 19th-century neo-classical gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on panel
Overall size: 15½” x 12” / 40cm x 32cm
Year of creation: c. 1820
Condition: Artwork presents well. Light craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

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