Richard WilsonLake Avernus and the Island of Capri c.1760

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Artist
Richard Wilson (1713‑1782)
Title
Lake Avernus and the Island of Capri
Date c.1760
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 470 x 724 mm frame: 755 x 1016 x 124 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00304
Not on display

Summary

This picture was for many years thought to depict a scene near Pozzuoli, looking across the lake to the island of Ischia. However, on the back of a related chalk drawing, now in the British Museum (Department of Prints and Drawings), Wilson described the view as 'The Lake of Avernus, Monte Nuovo, Island of Capra, & Part of Baya'. The viewpoint in both the drawing and the painting is taken from the north shore of Lake Avernus. In the mid-ground, at the left of the lake, is the ruin of a Roman bath, then thought to be the Temple of Apollo. Rising up behind is the Monte Nuovo. Beyond the lake, towards the right, can be glimpsed the Gulf of Pozzuoli, dotted with sailing craft… (read more)

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