St. Mary's Church, Fittleworth, West Sussex, England
The Pulpit of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Tuscania
Thomas Hartley Cromek
From the collection
Watercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic. Tuscania, or Toscanella, was a favourite place for Cromek who visited there in May 1844 and was particularly impressed by the two Romanesque churches, San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore. He recalled in his Journal: `Toscanella is the anient Tuscania in Etruria….. It contains two remarkably interesting old churches of the 10th and 11th century very rich in ornaments; the porches are very beautiful.' Tuscania is in the province of Viterbo just under sixty miles north of Rome.
Views of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore are in the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester and the Warrington Collection. His Tuscania views are considered amongst his finest work.
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