Oil on canvas 23 ½ x 34 inches Framed size 30 ¾ x 40 ¾ inches
Zuccarelli was an Italian painter of Rocco landscapes with pastoral and occasionally mythological or literary figures. He was born in Pitigliano in 1702. By 1730 he was painting in Venice and was influenced by Marco Ricci. Encouraged by Consul Smith he came to England in from 1752 to 1762 but later returned from 1765 to 1771 with greater success. While in England he did exhibit his work at the Free Society of Artists from 1765 to 1766 and again in 1782. He also exhibited at the Society of Artists of Great Britain from 1767 to 1768 and from 1769 to 1773 exhibited at the Royal Academy.On returning to Venice he became briefly President of the Venice Academy.His light and elegant landscapes appealed to British taste and that of George III who bought a large number of works by the artist. In his will of 1787, Francesco made his "beloved wife" Giustina his sole heir and one and a half years later, he died in Florence on 30 December 1788. His lengthy obituary, which appeared in the Gazzetta Toscana, described his personality as "straightforward, humble, grateful, compassionate, generous, uniting these solid virtues in the most courteous tactful manner, with much grace in speaking", and it also took note that since his youth, he possessed a "natural genius" for landscapes.
Represented: National Gallery; Dulwich Gallery; Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge; Glasgow Art Gallery; Nottingham Gallery; Soane Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; British Museum; Hampton Court and many examples of his work are in the Royal Collection.
Bibl: Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters by Ellis Waterhouse; British Landscape Painters – M.H. Grant
Provenance: Adam Duncan, 9th Viscount Chetwynd; gifted to The Chetwynd Heirlooms settlement