Welsh, 1742 - 1803

A View of Ariccia

Date: 1777

Thomas Jones was Welsh but spent seven years working in Italy, where he became part of the circle of artists and patrons at the center of the international art world. This image demonstrates his mastery of the medium of watercolor. It shows the Italian hill town of Ariccia, part of the Roman Campagna. This area surrounding Rome functioned much like today’s residential suburbs. In this watercolor Jones faithfully details what he sees, from the town nestled in the hill to the surrounding fields.

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Medium: Watercolor and pencil on paper

Inscriptions: Extensive inscriptions in pencil; Indistinctly signed with initials and dated in upper center

Dimensions: H: 11 1/8 x W: 16 3/8 in.

Place: Italy

Accession: 0101

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Works on Paper - Landscapes

Tags: Watercolor , Pencil , Ariccia

Purchased June 8, 1989 from Davis & Langdale. Exhibited at Marble Hill House, Twickenham, and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1970, 'Thomas Jones (1752-1803)', no. 28; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1988, 'Travels in Italy: 1776-1783: Based on the Memoirs of Thomas Jones' (catalogue by Francis W. Hawcroft), no. 72, p. 66, illus. in color on page 76, Davis & Longdale Company, New York, 1990. From the collections of Captain John Dale; thence by descent through his daughter Rose to the Adams Family; and Canon J.H. Adams.