William Oliver (1804-1853), Hadrian’s Villa, watercolour signed & dated 1849

$1,950.00 AUD

William Oliver (1804-1853),

“Hadrian’s Villa Tivoli” ,

watercolour, signed & dated lower left, 1849

inscribed to the back: ‘Hadrian’s Villa / Tivoli /. William Oliver 1849’


Condition: some marks, small tear lower left, presently unframed.

This documentary watercolour depicts the remains of Emperor Hadrian’s Villa, constructed at Tivoli in the early 2nd century AD. It was a favourite place to visit for the ‘Grand Tourist’, and this image depicts the artist William Oliver sitting amongst the ruins, sketching some locals in their traditional dress who just happen to be luring in the same place…..

William Oliver (1804-53) was a popular English artist of the second quarter of the 19th century. He was overseas frequently, travelling through Europe on the ‘Grand Tour’ routes that took him to Italy. His works were popular mementos for other ‘Grand Tourists’.
He was a founding member of the New Watercolor Society and frequently exhibited at the major exhibition halls in London.

Oliver is represented in the collections of the Tate, the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sheffield Art Gallery, and the Sunderland Art Gallery.




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