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- Series: Roman frescos of the Villa Negroni
Wall decoration of the Villa Negroni showing Venus shaking a Tree from which Cupids are falling; plate one of the series. 1778
Engraving; hand coloured with gouache; laid down on carton.
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Height: 540 millimetres
Width: 610 millimetres (sheet size)
- Curator's comments
- This is an incomplete set of a series made of twelve plates, each showing a different wall of the so-called Villa Negroni, which was excavated in Rome near the Baths of Diocletian in July 1777. The series was engraved by Angelo Campanella after drawings by Anton Raphael Mengs and Anton von Maron. For more detailed information on the frescos, see: Hetty Joyce, 'The Ancient Frescoes from the Villa Negroni and their Influence in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries', The Art Bulletin (1983): LXV,3, pp.423-440; for more information on this project, see: Steffi Roettgen (ed): 'Anton Raphael Mengs and his British Patrons', Exhibition catalogue, Kenwood House, 1993, pp.144-7. Another impression of the series is in the Sir John Soane's Museum (Drawer 84. Set 1).
For an almost compete set (all twelve plates but n.V) see 1940,0726.1-11.
- Not on display
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