Douglas M.P. F.R.S.E. (1784?-1821), William
Italy; Rome, the Temple of Hercules Victor (AKA The Temple of Vesta) and the Piazza Bocca della Verità. Pen, ink and watercolour. c.1816-1818. Douglas funded and accompanied Hugh William 'Grecian' Williams F.R.S.E. (1773-1829) on his tour of the continent. The figure seated sketching to the left of the fountain is likely Williams. Provenance: The 'De la Hanty Album'. Exhibited: Stephen Somerville (as Hugh William 'Grecian' Williams). I would like to thank Dr Joe Rock for his generous help is cataloguing this picture. 10x17.25 inches. Framed: 20.5x26.5 inches.

The following is quoted from Dr Joe Rock’s website on Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams …

‘Hugh Williams undertook a grand tour of the continent beginning in June 1816 and ending in the autumn of 1818. The route taken was not much different to that taken by others who visited Greece, with the possible exception of a fascination with the site of the battle of Waterloo where so many Highlanders had perished. The journey began in London on the 6th July 1816 with a passage to Ostend. From there the route carried on through the low countries with a lingering look at the site of Waterloo, only a year after the Battle. In Switzerland some of the journey was undertaken on foot, in the company of assorted members of the Scottish aristocracy. With a base in Leghorn, well endowed with Scottish merchants, side trips were arranged to the island of Elba and to Florence. By November 1816 Williams was in Rome, where he passed the winter before setting off for Greece in February, 1817. He was in Athens by May 1817, remaining for less than a month before setting off for Naples, sailing via Sicily and Malta. Once again Williams Wintered in Rome from December 1817 until March 1818 when he began the journey home. He was back in the low countries by September and home in Edinburgh, probably by October 1818’.

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The following is quoted from Dr Joe Rock’s website on Hugh William ‘Grecian’ Williams …

‘Hugh Williams undertook a grand tour of the continent beginning in June 1816 and ending in the autumn of 1818. The route taken was not much different to that taken by others who visited Greece, with the possible exception of a fascination with the site of the battle of Waterloo where so many Highlanders had perished. The journey began in London on the 6th July 1816 with a passage to Ostend. From there the route carried on through the low countries with a lingering look at the site of Waterloo, only a year after the Battle. In Switzerland some of the journey was undertaken on foot, in the company of assorted members of the Scottish aristocracy. With a base in Leghorn, well endowed with Scottish merchants, side trips were arranged to the island of Elba and to Florence. By November 1816 Williams was in Rome, where he passed the winter before setting off for Greece in February, 1817. He was in Athens by May 1817, remaining for less than a month before setting off for Naples, sailing via Sicily and Malta. Once again Williams Wintered in Rome from December 1817 until March 1818 when he began the journey home. He was back in the low countries by September and home in Edinburgh, probably by October 1818’.

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