• The Town of Maiori, Amalfi Coast, Italy -
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    Watercolour over pencil

    33.8 by 46.4 cm., 13 ¼ by 18 ¼ in.

     

    Provenance:

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, 14th November 1996, lot 106, where bought by the present owner

     

    Literature:

    Huon Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1820, 2002, vol. II, p.269, ill.

     

    This is a view of the town of Maiori seen from the inside of a cave which still exists today. The church of Santa Maria a Mare stands on the hill with the Torre Normanna, the oldest Norman tower on the Amalfi coast, standing by the sea.

     

    Andrew Wilson was born in Edinburgh where he studied under Alexander Nasmyth and was at the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1795. He first visited Italy in 1799 when he sailed to Leghorn (Livorno) and spent time in Rome and Naples returning to London in 1803. He almost immediately returned with the intention of buying paintings to sell in London. He was back in England by 1805 but he returned to Italy in 1826 where he lived for twenty years making his living as an art dealer as well as an artist.

     

    Stylistically this relates closely to two Italian views, each signed on the mount, sold at Sotheby’s on 15th March 1984, lot 195 and on 8th July 1982, lot 39 and seems to date from his first Italian visit.

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