Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland James Grant, John Mytton, Thomas Robinson and Thomas Wynn in front of the Colosseum in Rome 1760

Artwork details

Artist
Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland 1735–1811
Title
James Grant, John Mytton, Thomas Robinson and Thomas Wynn in front of the Colosseum in Rome
Date 1760
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 981 x 124 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2009
On long term loan
Reference
L02863
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

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This painting shows four friends in Rome during their Grand Tour, the journey made by wealthy gentlemen to Italy in search of antique and modern culture that was at its most popular in the late-18th century. The Colosseum, urn and drawing of Palladian architecture allude to the friends’ classical learning and experience. Dance-Holland travelled to Italy in 1754 to study and improve his art, remaining there until 1766. As well as producing works on classical subjects, he painted portraits of British tourists passing through Rome. Dance-Holland was commissioned to produce four versions of this painting, one for each sitter.

October 2013

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