Study of a woman's head
Solomon Alexander Hart RA (April 1806 - 1881)
RA Collection: Art
These drawings all relate to Solomon Hart's visit to Italy in 1841-1842. The artist was advised to travel in Europe by the Duke of Sussex, whose portrait he was painting. Leaving England in September 1841, with letters of introduction from the Duke, Hart spent a year in Italy producing topographical and architectural sketches as well as small watercolour copies of paintings and frescoes. Originally he intended to publish some of his travel drawings as engravings but instead they formed the basis for a number of paintings of Italian history and interiors.
These drawings and watercolours are all copied from Old Master paintings. Many of them date from Solomon Hart's visit to Italy (1841-1842), where he drew from frescoes and paintings in Florence, Venice, Perugia and Rome. However, some copies after Titian and others were made at the Louvre in Paris in 1845. Hart also made small copies after Renaissance paintings at the National Gallery and Dulwich Portrait Gallery in London, and drew from prints after Holbein and other artists.
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