Thomas Jones Mount Vesuvius from Torre dell’Annunziata near Naples 1783

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Thomas Jones 1742–1803
Mount Vesuvius from Torre dell’Annunziata near Naples
Date 1783
Medium Oil paint on paper on canvas
Dimensions Support: 381 x 552 mm
frame: 450 x 622 x 54 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Jane Evan-Thomas 1974
Not on display

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Jones was a pupil of Richard Wilson, and due to his influence strove to produce large-scale classical landscapes. From 1776-83 he was in Italy, initially hoping to win commissions from Grand Tourists. The most remarkable works he produced there, however, were his small oil sketches made directly from nature, the best known of these being his highly original views of Neapolitan buildings and rooftops. This landscape also displays the realism associated with these works, but with a hint of the Picturesque (for instance the inclusion of the fisherman in the foreground). Jones most probably based this view on a sketch he made of Vesuvius from Torre Annunziate when staying with the artist G B Lusieri in 1783.

September 2004

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