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  • According to Thomas Jones, Pars took advantage of the study grant offered by the Society of Dilettanti to escape England in the company of the wife of the miniaturist Samuel Smart, with whom he was having an affair. They arrived in Rome on 25 December 1775 and took lodgings near the Via del Babuino. His companion died of consumption in 1778; Pars died four years later as the result of having caught cold while sketching at Tivoli. Pars’s watercolor, painted early in his stay in the city, shows the view from the Pincian Hill, not far from his lodgings, looking toward the church of Trinità dei Monti and the top of the Spanish Steps. Rising behind is the Palazzo del Quirinale, the papal summer residence. It was in the streets around the Piazza di Spagna that British artists and indeed many visiting artists from across northern Europe congregated. Pars masterfully gradates his watercolor tones not only to establish distance but to give an almost palpable sense of the heat and haze hanging over the city and the shimmer of sunlight on the tiled rooftops.
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  • According to Thomas Jones, Pars took advantage of the study grant offered by the Society of Dilettanti to escape England in the company of the wife of the miniaturist Samuel Smart, with whom he was having an affair. They arrived in Rome on 25 December 1775 and took lodgings near the Via del Babuino. His companion died of consumption in 1778; Pars died four years later as the result of having caught cold while sketching at Tivoli. Pars’s watercolor, painted early in his stay in the city, shows the view from the Pincian Hill, not far from his lodgings, looking toward the church of Trinità dei Monti and the top of the Spanish Steps. Rising behind is the Palazzo del Quirinale, the papal summer residence. It was in the streets around the Piazza di Spagna that British artists and indeed many visiting artists from across northern Europe congregated. Pars masterfully gradates his watercolor tones not only to establish distance but to give an almost palpable sense of the heat and haze hanging over the city and the shimmer of sunlight on the tiled rooftops.
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  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: British Art at Yale, Apollo, v.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 272-3, fig. 10, N5220 M552 A7 1977 OVERSIZE (YCBA) , Published as April 1977 issue of Apollo; all of the articles may also be found in bound Apollo Volume [N1 A54 105:2 +]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Graham Reynolds, English Landscape 1630-1850, Apollo, vol.105, no. 182, April 1977, pp. 272-3, fig. 10, N1 A54 105:2 + (YCBA) , Another copy of this article may be found in a separately bound and catalogued copy of this issue located on the Mellon Shelf [call number : N5220 M552 A7 1977 + (YCBA)]
  • Bibliograpic reference :: John Baskett, Paul Mellon's legacy, a passion for British art : masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 264, no. 49, pl. 49, N5220 M552 P38 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA)
  • Dimension height :: 38.3cm
  • Dimension height :: 45.5cm
  • Dimension width :: 53.6cm
  • Dimension width :: 61.3cm
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Paul Mellon's Legacy : A Passion for British Art
  • Exhibition :: The English Prize - The Capture of the Westmorland - An Episode of the Grand Tour
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 3, P- 1
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: archways
  • Subject Concept :: bell towers
  • Subject Concept :: buildings
  • Subject Concept :: chimneys
  • Subject Concept :: churches
  • Subject Concept :: cityscape
  • Subject Concept :: figures
  • Subject Concept :: hill
  • Subject Concept :: palazzo
  • Subject Concept :: patio
  • Subject Concept :: piazzas
  • Subject Concept :: pine
  • Subject Concept :: roofs
  • Subject Concept :: stairs
  • Subject Concept :: steps
  • Subject Concept :: terrace
  • Subject Concept :: terracotta
  • Subject Concept :: towers
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • Subject Concept :: windows
  • Subject Event :: Grand Tour
  • Subject Place :: Church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Italy
  • Subject Place :: Lazio
  • Subject Place :: Monte Pincio
  • Subject Place :: Palazzo del Quirinale
  • Subject Place :: Roma
  • Subject Place :: Rome
  • Subject Place :: Spanish Steps
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  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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  • A View of Rome Taken from the Pincio
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