Jonathan Skelton is an important figure in the emergence of the British landscape tradition, although comparatively little is known about him, other than the evidence of his surviving works and a handful of letters sent from Italy to his British patron. He arrived in Rome in December 1757 and embarked upon an intense study of the surrounding landscape. Tivoli had a particulr appeal for Skelton, which he described as ‘ye only school where our two most celebrated Landscape Painters Claude and Gasper studied’. Skelton, who appeared to exist on a near starvation diet, died of a fever in Rome in January 1759.
Gallery label, April 2007
Medium: Graphite, watercolour and ink on paper
Credit line: 'Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967'
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