Knight, Ellis Cornelia (1757 - 1837)
Italy; 'Rupe Tarpea', the Tarpeian Rock, Rome. Ink and watercolour. c.1780. Inscribed verso. Provenance: John Abbott. 13.25x10.25 inches. Framed: 20x16.5 inches.

Cornelia Knight and her mother arrived to Rome in early 1776 and made it their new home. Cornelia published a series of etchings of the Campagna in 1805. However, the works for which she is best known are these watercolour drawings of the city itself that combine topography, ancient ruins and sensitive observations of every-day life; in this case, the line of terracotta pots sitting on the wall.

This work appears in the Exhibition: BRITISH WORKS ON PAPER 2024