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attributed to James Barry, 1741–1806
formerly attributed to Richard Wilson, 1713/4–1782
The Cave of the Cumean Sybil on the Shore of the Lake Avernus
between 1740 and 1759
Materials & Techniques:
Pen and brown ink and graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 5 7/8 x 16 5/8 inches (14.9 x 42.2 cm)

Inscribed in artist's hand in pen and brown ink upper right: "Falern"; upper right: "Falern"; lower left: "o ye Cave of ye Cumean Sybil"; in pen and brown ink lower left: "o ye Cave of ye Cumean Sybil"; in graphite lower right: "ye lake Avernus - "; in pen and brown ink lower right: "ye lake Avernus"; inscribed on verso in graphite lower right: "[ . . . ]"

Watermark: coat-of-arms (Churchill 262)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
caves | Grand Tour | hills | lakes | landscape | shores
Associated Places:
Avernus, Lake | Campania
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IIIF Manifest:

Classic Ground - British Artists and the Landscape of Italy, 1740-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-07-29 - 1981-09-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-07-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Duncan Bull, Classic ground : British artists and the landscape of Italy, 1740-1830, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1981, pp. 25-6, no. 6, ND1354.4 B85 (YCBA) [YCBA]

William L. Pressly, James Barry's murals at the Royal Society of Arts : envisioning a new public art, Cork University Press, Cork, Ireland, 2014, pp. 243-45, fig. 41, NJ18.B2425 P725 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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