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David Allan (1744-96)

The Opening of the Carnival: The Obelisk near the Porta del Popolo, Rome 1775

RCIN 913351

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The Scottish artist David Allan made a set of lively drawings of tourists in Rome, which was purchased by George in 1812. This shows the opening of the annual carnival, and would have appealed to George as much for its scenes of revelry as for its depiction of Rome’s splendid architecture.

Purchased in 1812