Thomas Hartley CROMEK (London 1809 - Wakefield 1873)

The Interior of the Church of San Clemente, Rome Sold

Watercolour and pencil, heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic.
375 x 514 mm. (14 3/4 x 20 1/4 in.)


The Basilica of San Clemente in Rome dates from the 12th century and was built over the remains of a fourth century church. The mosaics in the apse of the church, depicting Christ on the Cross surrounded by the Tree of Life, date from the middle of the 12th century. The interior of the church is little changed from Cromek’s day.

Thomas Hartley Cromek’s journal entry for the 12th of February 1845 notes: ‘Interior of the Church of San Clemente for Mrs. Huskisson. She got the original study, as I was tired of copying it.’

Mrs. Huskisson, Rome, in 1845
Hubert George de Burgh-Canning, 2nd Marquess of Clanricarde
Bequeathed by him to his great-nephew, Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood, Harewood House, Yorkshire
Thence by descent at Harewood House until 2012.

Tancred Borenius, Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings at Harewood House and elsewhere in the Collection of the Earl of Harewood, K.G., G.C.V.O., D.S.O., Oxford, 1936, p.115, no.242; Leeds, Harewood House and Bath, Holburne Museum, Thomas Hartley Cromek: A Classical Vision, exhibition catalogue, 1999-2000, p.33.

Thomas Hartley CROMEK

The Interior of the Church of San Clemente, Rome


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