Thomas Jones (British, Trevonen, Wales 1742–1803 Pencerrig, Wales)
May 10, 1781
Graphite, pen and ink and wash
sheet: 8 3/8 x 14 in. (21.3 x 35.6 cm)
Purchase, Robert Gordon Gift, 2008
Not on view
One of the most original British landscape artists of the eighteenth century, Jones lived in Italy from 1776 to 1783. This drawing was made near Naples. The artist was attracted to vistas he discovered along a remote road leading eastward out of the city toward the monastery of Santa Maria dei Monti and described the path in his diary as a "hollow Way [presenting] . . . the most beautiful Series of picturesque Objects . . . the Scenery that Salvator Rosa formed himself upon." This drawing is one of about a dozen surviving studies Jones made during repeated visits to the site between March and June. He used chiaroscuro ink washes to describe the shaded rocky walls, overgrown with shrubbery, and to convey his moody response to the scene.
Inscription: Inscribed: "near ye Sa Ma de' Monti by Naples / 10th May 1781"
Captain John Dale (British); By descent to his daughter, Rose Dale Adams (British, 19th century (?)), then to the Adams family; Sale, Christie's, London, July 2, 1954, lot 216; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., in 1954; Iolo Aneurin Williams (British, 1890–1962); Sale, Phillips, London, November 3, 1986, lot 19; Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 1987; Vendor: W.S Fine Art Ltd. / Andrew Wyld (London)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 19, 2013–February 10, 2014.
Ralph Edwards Thomas Jones (1742–1803). First exhibition of the artist's recently discovered oil sketches of Wales, Rome and Naples. Exh. cat., Marble Hill House, Twickenham 1 June-16 August; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 24 August-30. Marble Hill House, National Museum of Wales, 1970, cat. no. 54, p. 24.
Francis W. Hawcroft Travels in Italy 1776–1783, Based on the Memoirs of Thomas Jones. Exh. cat. Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 1988, cat. no. 121, p. 105.
Susan Sloman British Watercolours and Drawings, 1750–1950. Dealer cat. W.S Fine Art Ltd. / Andrew Wyld, November 14–December 7, 2007, cat. no. 5.