- Sir Charles Lock Eastlake 1793–1865
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 527 x 648 mm
- Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964
Sir Charles Eastlake 1793–1865
T00665 The Colosseum from the Campo Vaccino 1822
Oil on canvas, 20¾ x 25½ (52.5 x 65).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1964.
Coll: See T00664.
Exh: R.A., 1823 (63); Early Devon Painters, Exeter, July–September 1932 (228 and 229 with No. T.664 as ¿ pair of views of the Coliseum’, lent by Colonel M. H. Grant); The First Hundred Years of the Royal Academy, R.A., Winter 1951–52 (260, repr. in Souvenir, p. 52); Arts Council, Early English Landscapes from Colonel Grant’s Collection, London and tour, 1952–53 (19); Italian Art in Britain, R.A., Winter 1960 (238).
Lit: See T00664.
The original title in the R.A. catalogue stated: ‘Painted at Rome’ and this picture with two other views of Rome was among Eastlake’s first contributions to the R.A. Grant (loc. cit.) points out that Rome in Eastlake’s day was infinitely more paintable when the Colosseum was ‘embosomed in picturesque confusion very remote from the smug orderliness of modern municipal-ridden Rome’. The view is taken from the Palatine Hill, which together with the Forum was known till recent times as the Campo Vaccino from its use as an enclosure for cattle intended for market.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.
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