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Francesco Panini (1745-1812)

Prospetto Interno del Portico della Basilica di San Pietro nel Vaticano c. 1770

RCIN 705163.c

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George bought these impressive prints, heavily coloured to look like drawings, from a London print dealer, paying 10 guineas for the view with gold paint and 8 guineas each for the three others. Although most of George’s brothers travelled to Europe, he was not permitted by his father to leave the country, a prohibition which greatly frustrated him. Such prints allowed him to experience the foreign cultures of which he could otherwise only dream.

Purchased in 1799