JOHN 'WARWICK' SMITH | TIVOLI, ITALY
JOHN 'WARWICK' SMITH
Irthington, Cumberland 1749 - 1831 London
Watercolour over pencil;
signed and dated lower left: JSmith / 1786
495 by 724 mm.
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Although the pigments in this work have remained stable and strong, the paper has darkened a little (particularly in the sky) with time. There are a number of areas where the surface has been rubbed or scratched. There are occasional fox marks. The sheet is laid down. This is an extraordinary sized watercolour for the artist
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Smith travelled Italy in 1776 or 1777 under the patronage of George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick, with whom his name has since been connected. After living in both Rome and Naples, in 1781, he returned home in the company of Francis Towne. The present watercolour is exceptional for its scale and may well have been commissioned.