This etching in the King’s Topographical Collection was published by Volpato as part of a series of views of Annibale Carracci’s frescoes in the Roman Palazzo Farnese. Volpato adapted his works to the Grand Tour market by choosing as their subjects those locations foreign travellers were more likely to visit. This was one of the prints purchased, for instance, by Grand Tour traveller Francis Basset (1757-1835), who visited Rome with his tutor, the Reverend William Sandys, in 1777-1778. Francesco Panini’s preparatory drawing in black chalk, pen, ink and wash, partially pricked for transfer and dated in about 1775, is in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (inv. no. 92.GG.16.).
- Full title:
- Veduta della Galleria dipinta da Annibale Carracci e suoi Scolari esistente nel Palazzo Farnese in Roma. / Fran.co Panini e Lodo.co Teseo dis. ; Gio. Volpatto sc. in Roma 1777.
- 1777, Rome
- Giovanni Volpato
- Etching / Engraving / Hand colouring
- Giovanni Volpato, Francesco Panini, Ludovico Tesio
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Maps K.Top.81.69.a.
- Article by:
- Mercedes Cerón
- Antiquarianism, Town and city, Science and nature
George III never visited Italy. Instead he collected prints, drawings and guidebooks enabling him to travel virtually to antiquity's greatest architectural and artistic sites. Mercedes Cerón explores this rich collection of Grand Tour material to shed light on George III's particular brand of armchair tourism.