Richard Wilson
Baths of Ischia, near Naples date not known

Artwork details

Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Baths of Ischia, near Naples
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 445 x 546 mm
frame: 642 x 738 x 83 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by George Salting 1910
Not on display

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The island of Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples. In Greek mythology Ischia was inhabited by the hundred-headed monster Typhon who, having been vanquished by Zeus’s thunderbolts, and buried under Mount Etna, took vengeance by creating volcanic eruptions. In classical antiquity Ischia was a celebrated resort, with hot mineral springs and sub-tropical vegetation. It remained very popular with visitors in the eighteenth century. Richard Wilson visited Naples and the surrounding area in 1752 and again in the spring of 1753. It is not certain whether he painted this picture during his time in Italy or on his return to England.

April 2007

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