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John 'Warwick' Smith (1749-1831)

Distant view of St Peter's and the Vatican, Rome

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John 'Warwick' Smith (1749-1831)
Distant view of St Peter's and the Vatican, Rome
signed, inscribed and dated 'Distant View of St. Peter's and the Vatican/at Rome. -/John Smith 1799' (on the reverse of the old backing sheet)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out
12 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. (30.8 x 43.5 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 4 June 1973, lot 100.
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Lot Essay

Smith toured Italy from 1776 to 1781, sponsored by his patron, the 2nd Earl of Warwick. On his return to England he reworked many of his Italian subjects for sale or exhibition at the Society of Painters in Watercolour. Some were also published in his Select Views in Italy, 1792-1799.
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