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William Marlow, 1740–1813, British

Nîmes from the Tour Magne

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ca. 1765
Watercolor and pen and brown ink over graphite on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper mounted on medium, moderately textured, cream laid paper (original mount)
Mount: 17 1/4 × 23 7/8 inches (43.8 × 60.6 cm), Sheet: 14 3/8 x 21 inches (36.5 x 53.4 cm), Image: 16 1/2 x 23 1/8 inches (41.9 x 58.8 cm), and Image: 14 3/8 x 21 inches (36.5 x 53.4 cm)

Inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower center on mount within borders: "Nimes.-"; inscribed in graphite, lower right on back of mount: "Wm. MARLOW"

Watermarked, center (written vertically downwards) : "JWHATMAN" [letters; similar to Heawood 3475]

not lettered

Signed in pen and brown ink, lower left within image: "W. marlow"; not dated

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
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Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
amphitheater | arches | baskets | bricks | buildings | city | cityscape | clouds | distance | donkeys | figures | genre subject | Grand Tour | grass | hills | landscape | mountains | people | Roman | Roman (style or period) | ruins | shrubs | stone | temples | tower (building division) | town | trees | wall
Associated Places:
Arena of Nîmes | Europe | France | Maison Carrée | Nîmes
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With its cluster of famous Roman ruins, Nîmes in the south of France was a popular stop for classical minded Grand Tourists. William Marlow visited the city during his travels in France and Italy between 1765 and 1768. Like Richard Wilson in the previous decade, or the generation of British Landscape watercolorists who worked in Italy in the 1770s, Marlow was profoundly affected by his Continental sojourns, which provided him with a major source of subject matter after his return to England. For this general view of Nîmes, Marlow takes a vantage point on Mont Cavalier near the Tour Magne, a Roman monument probably dating from the second century B.C. Within the city the well-preserved amphitheater and the temple known as the Maison Carrée, both from the first century A.D., are clearly visible. Another watercolor by Marlow showing a closer view of the amphitheater is also in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art.

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