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Venus and a maid teaching Cupids to swim. Engraving by A. Campanella after A. R. Mengs, 1778.

  • Mengs, Anton Raphael, 1728-1779.
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The Roman domestic mural painting of which this is a copy was situated in a room that which was dedicated to Venus (Buti room C)


[Rome] : [Camillo Buti], 1778.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 55.1 x 63.4 cm


Equiti Josepho Nicolao de Azara potentiss. Caroli III Hisp. reg. Catholici apud S. Sedem pro legato procuratorique generali aequo bonarum artium aestimatori et c. parietinas picturas inter Esquilias et Viminalem collem superiore anno detectas in ruderibus privatae domus Divi Antonini Pii aevo depictas facili elegantique arte et ornamentorum simplicitate spectandas servata proportione in tabulis expressas Camillus Buti architectus romanus D.D.D. MDCCLXXVIII. Cum privilegio S.S.D.N. Pii VI. Eq. Ant. Raph. Mengs delin. Ang. Campanella sculp.

References note

Hetty Joyce, 'The ancient frescoes from the Villa Negroni and their influence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries', Art bulletin, September 1983, pp. 423-440, fig. 7
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, 'Romanizing frescoes: from the Villa Negroni to Ickworth', in Roma britannica: art patronage and cultural exchange in eighteenth century Rome, Rome: British School at Rome, 2011, pp. 193-203 (on the excavation and fate of the frescoes)

Lettering note

Bears number: III


Wellcome Library no. 662807i

Reproduction note

After: a wall-painting which was discovered in Rome in 1777 in the grounds of the Villa Negroni (between S. Maria Maggiore and S. Maria degli Angeli, and later called Villa Montalto), was acquired by the Earl Bishop of Derry, and subsequently perished


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