A View near Tivoli, Joseph Wright of Derby, c. 1783-6 Print
Towards the end of 1773 Joseph Wright set off with his new bride on a belated journey to Italy. The Grand Tour, as it was then called, had become an essential part of any ambitious artist’s education, and was to have a profound effect upon Wright’s later work.
The Wrights were based in Rome for much of their two-year stay, from where they visited Tivoli thirty kilometres to the northeast. Painted after his return to Derby, Wright’s composition owes as much to the art he saw in Italy, especially Claude Lorrain’s many views of Tivoli, as to his memory of the location.