Jonathan Skelton

Tivoli

1758

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Artist
Jonathan Skelton c.1735–1759
Medium
Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 260 x 375 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967
Reference
T01017

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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.

Gallery label, April 2007

Catalogue entry

Jonathan Skelton c. 1735–1759

T01017 Tivoli 1758

Inscribed ‘a View of the Lower part of Tivoli J Skelton 1758’ on verso.
Pen and wash, 10¼ x 14¾ (26 x 37.5).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.

On the reverse of the drawing is a closer view in pen, wash and pencil of the waterfall and the trees surrounding it.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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