Roman Ruins with Figures

The artist painted a number of 'capricci' of this sort in which a known monument is set within a fanciful arrangement of ruins. The pyramid is based on that of Caius Cestius in Rome, while all of the other elements are invented.

It has been suggested that this is one of the artist's earlier works and can be dated to about 1730. It may include some intervention by a member of his studio.

Key facts

Artist dates
1691 - 1765
Full title
Roman Ruins with Figures
Date made
about 1730
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
49.5 x 63.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt.-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
Location in Gallery