George Augustus Wallis Villa Adriana 1780 - 1790


Born 1761
Died 1847
Nationality English

A portrait and landscape painter, George Augustus Wallis travelled to Italy in 1788/9, remaining in Rome until 1806. He was associated with some of the major artistic figures of his time such as Hackert, Flaxman, Thorwaldsen and Schinkel, as well as the collector and designer Thomas Hope. He also worked for the Scottish dealer William Buchanan, acquiring, amongst other works, Velázquez’s celebrated Rokeby Venus. His oil sketches show him to have been one of the more important figures in the development of painting directly from nature.