View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
- Support: 350 x 493 mm
- Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
The Scottish artist, Jacob More, resided in Italy for twenty years, from 1773 until his sudden death in Rome ‘of a bilious fever’. During this period, More established a reputation as the foremost British landscape painter of his generation: Joshua Reynolds, president of the Royal Academy, called him ‘the best painter of air since Claude’. More was also a dealer in antiquities and works of art, and a garden designer. Just before his death he completed a ‘Panorama of Rome’, which was exhibited at Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace).
Gallery label, April 2007