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Creator:
Thomas Jones, 1742–1803, British, active in Italy (1776–83)
Title:
The Grotto at Posillipo
Date:
ca. 1782
Medium:
Watercolor, graphite, pen and gray ink, and gouache on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 11 1/2 × 16 5/8 inches (29.2 × 42.2 cm), Image: 9 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (24.8 x 40.3 cm), and Image: 9 1/2 x 15 9/16 inches (24.1 x 39.5 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen and gray ink, lower left to lower right below image: "The Entrance, next Naples, of the Grotto of Pausilipo [sic] _ which is about 2400 feet long, in some parts 90, in others 70, + in one part between 10 + 20 high | and 22 wide._"; inscribed on verso in graphite, upper right: "Maas"; in graphite, lower right: "No 2 B[...] [...]t"; in graphite, lower center: "Entrance of [...] Grotto of Pausilipo [sic], next Naples, which is about 2400 feet long of an unequal height <...> 90 - feet in some [?parts], in others 70, + in one part a little under 20 + 22 in width -"; in graphite, lower right: "3 [...]"

not lettered

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1993.9
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | cave | clouds | cobblestones | door | figures | gates | Grand Tour | grotto | height | landscape | rocks (landforms) | shadows | stone | trees | tunnel
Associated Places:
Europe | Grotto of Sejanus | Italy | Naples | Posíllipo
Access:
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Exhibition History:
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Edward Lear and the Art of Travel (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-09-20 - 2001-01-14)

Thomas Jones (1742-1803) (National Gallery, London, 2003-11-12 - 2004-01-15)

Thomas Jones (1742-1803) (Whitworth Art Gallery, 2003-08-22 - 2003-10-26)

Thomas Jones (1742-1803) (National Museum Wales, 2003-05-21 - 2003-08-10)

The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour (Yale Center for British Art, 2012-10-04 - 2013-01-13)

The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour (Ashmolean Museum, 2012-05-17 - 2012-08-27)

Publications:
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Greg Smith, Thomas Jones (1742-1803) : an artist rediscovered, , Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2003, pp. 62-63, 208, 229-30, 247, no. 139, pl. no. 139, NJ18 J714 T56 2003 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:4251
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