Nollekens and His Times/Volume 2/Zuccarelli

regarding the painter Francesco Zuccarelli: Wikipedia article; Commons media

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Zuccarelli was a native of Piligliano, near Sienna. After studying under Morandi and Nelli, he was much noticed by Mr. Smith, the British Consul, who encouraged him to visit England, where he was employed at the Opera-house as a Scene-painter; though he soon quitted that employment for the patronage of the late King, and some of the first nobility.[1] Most of his pictures were painted in turpentine only, covered with a coat of varnish, which always produces a cheerful effect. The late venerable President, Mr. West, who first met him at the English Coffee-house at Rome, informed me that he died at Florence, the 30th of December, 1788, at the advanced age of eighty-six.

Zuccarelli was one of the first members of the Royal Academy; and during the first three years of its exhibition, resided in Piccadilly. He is wholly unmentioned by Fuseli, in the Appendix to his edition of Pilkington's Dictionary.

  1. Frederick Prince of Wales collected his pictures; and those large circles which were engraved by Vivares, and many others formerly at Kew, are now in the royal apartments at Windsor; in which splendid palace there are also many by Canaletti in his finest style. It is a curious fact, that the latter Artist frequently painted the buildings in Zuccarelli's Landscapes.