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Rome from the Tiber: St. Peter’s and Castel Sant’Angelo

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Italy
    City: Rome
    Place: British Embassy

    This view of Rome is by London and Twickenham based painter William Marlow. It was painted following his stay in Italy from 1765 to 1766. Rome was commonly the final destination of the Grand Tour (an educational journey undertaken by young aristocratic Englishmen in the 18th century). Consequently such paintings were popular souvenirs with those returning from the Tour.

  • About the artist
    Landscapist William Marlow was born in London or Southwark. He trained in the studio of marine painter Samuel Scott in Covent Garden (1756-61) and is also thought to have studied at the St Martin’s Lane Academy. Marlow spent his early career travelling around England in search of subjects; painting English country houses and the areas around Twickenham, Richmond, and the lower banks of the Thames. On the advice of the Duchess of Northumberland he travelled to France and Italy (1765-66). He exhibited at the Society of Artists, becoming Vice-President in 1778, and at the Royal Academy. Marlow lived for a time in Leicester Fields (now Leicester Square). His one pupil was John Curtis. In c.1785 he retired to Twickenham, where he died aged 72.
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  • Details
    Title
    Rome from the Tiber: St. Peter’s and Castel Sant’Angelo
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 90.00 cm, width: 124.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew's, July 1954
    Inscription
    Sbl
    Provenance
    With Agnew’s Gallery, London; from whom purchased in July 1954
    GAC number
    2812