Jonathan Skelton
Tivoli 1758

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Jonathan Skelton c.1735–1759
Date 1758
Medium Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 260 x 375 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
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Jonathan Skelton is an important figure in the emergence of the British landscape tradition, although comparatively little is known about him, other than the evidence of his surviving works and a handful of letters sent from Italy to his British patron. He arrived in Rome in December 1757 and embarked upon an intense study of the surrounding landscape. Tivoli had a particulr appeal for Skelton, which he described as ‘ye only school where our two most celebrated Landscape Painters Claude and Gasper studied’. Skelton, who appeared to exist on a near starvation diet, died of a fever in Rome in January 1759.

April 2007

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