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Creator:
William Marlow, 1740–1813
Title:

Nîmes from the Tour Magne

Additional Title(s):

Nimes

Date:
ca. 1765
Materials & Techniques:
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)
Dimensions:
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), Image: 14 3/8 x 21 inches (36.5 x 53.4 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

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]

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
Accession Number:
B1977.14.366
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
amphitheater | animal | arches | architectural subject | 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 | sky | stone | temples | tower (building division) | town | trees | wall
Associated Places:
Arena of Nîmes | Europe | France | Maison Carrée | Nîmes
Access:
Accessible by appointment in the Study Room [Request]
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:11209
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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.

Scott Wilcox

Wilcox, Forrester, O'Neil, Sloan. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. pg. 116 cat. no. 95

Papermaking and The Art of Watercolor in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Paul Sandby's "View of…Mr. Whatman's Turkey Mill" (Yale Center for British Art, 2006-02-22 - 2006-06-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Thomas Jefferson and the Design of Monticello (The Octagon Museum, 1994-07-28 - 1994-10-02) [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]

William Howard Adams, The Eye of Jefferson : Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1976, pp. 203-4, no. 350, E332.2 .E88 + Oversize (LSF) [ORBIS]

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by William Marlow, 1740-1813 : 30th June to 22nd July, 1956 at the Guildhall Art Gallery, The Guildhall Art Gallery, London, 1956, p. 16, no. 59, NJ18 .M3754 E95 1956 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christopher White, English landscape, 1630-1850, drawings, prints & books from the Paul Mellon Collection , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, p. 31, no. 47, pl. LXXII, NC228 W45 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Scott Wilcox, Line of beauty : British drawings and watercolors of the eighteenth century, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 116, no. 95, NC228 W53 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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