Born at Merton in England, in 1788 Wallis travelled to Italy, visiting Rome, Naples where he painted the surrounding countryside, and Sicily. He became a member of the Roman Academy in 1806, and operated as an art dealer in Italy, and later Spain, most often working for British clients. He settled in Heidelberg in 1812, but returned to Italy in 1817 where he taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and painted frescoes and portraits. He died in Florence in 1847.
George Augustus Wallis
1761 - 1847
Paintings by George Augustus Wallis
In 1788, one of George Augustus Wallis’s many patrons, Lord Warwick, financed a trip to Italy. Around that year he arrived in Naples, where he stayed for a number of years, before moving to Rome in 1795. He was nicknamed ‘le Poussin anglais’ by his fellow English artists, and his future son-in-la...