John "Warwick" Smith

The Temple of the Sibyl, Tivoli

c. 1780
The Temple of the Sibyl sits high atop a cliff overlooking the valley formed by the river Aniene. Built in the early 1st century B.C. on a circular plan, the temple was once ringed by eighteen Corinthian columns, of which only ten remain. In the Middle Ages, it served as a church, which purpose ensured its survival. John Warwick Smith was a topographical artist sent by the Earl of Warwick (from whom he derived his pseudonym) to travel and sketch in Italy from 1776 to 1781.
Title
The Temple of the Sibyl, Tivoli
Date
c. 1780
Medium
Drawing
Materials
watercolour over graphite on laid paper, laid down on original laid-paper mount with wash-line border
Dimensions
52.6 x 35.5 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1937
Accession number
4358