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The Falls at Terni, Umbria

Carlo Labruzzi (Rome 1748 – Perugia 1817)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1775 - 1780

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

1321 x 965 mm (52 x 38 in)

Place of origin

Umbria

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Collection

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 1530072

Caption

Labruzzi was employed and alluded to by English admirers in Italy from 1779 to just after his death, in 1818. The Falls near Terni, where the Velino drains into the Nera, forty miles or so north of Rome, became almost as popular with tourists and artists in the second half of the 18th century as those of Tivoli. Sir Joshua Reynolds memorably heard Richard Wilson exclaim: “Well done water, by God!” when he saw the larger of them, the Cascate delle Marmore. Their greater wildness and lack of evidence of human habitation particularly appealed. This was bought the month after the devastating fire at Hinton Ampner in May 1960 and therefore represents an early purchase to replace lost pictures.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, The Falls of Terni by Carlo Labruzzi (Rome 1748 – Perugia 1817), circa 1775-1780. A view of the Falls of Terni, from the classic ‘station’, with a gentleman with his lady and a dog, standing foreground left, conversing with two seated artists sketching; a tortuous tree occupies the right foreground. A signed version of this picture, with different spectators and foreground trees, is in the Musée de Carcassonne.

Provenance

With the Leger Galleries, London, from whom bought by Ralph Stawell Dutton (1898–1985), 8th & last Lord Sherborne, in May 1960 (acknowledged in a receipt dated 12 May 1960 for £425 in the Hinton Ampner archives); bequeathed to the National Trust by Ralph Stawell Dutton, with the rest of the collections, house, gardens and estate of Hinton Ampner.

Credit line

Hinton Ampner, The Ralph Dutton Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

Carlo Labruzzi (Rome 1748 – Perugia 1817), artist previously catalogued as by Claude-Joseph Vernet (Avignon 1714 – Paris 1789) , artist

References

Watson 1960 F. J. B. Watson, ‘A Forgotten Artist of the 18th Century: Carlo Labruzzi (1748–1817)’, The Antique Collector, June 1960, p.96 & fig.2.

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