View of the cascades at Neptune’s Grotto in Tivoli by Jacob More – £7500 from Karen Taylor.

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The drawings come from the collection of Nigel Jaques (1935- 2020), who was one of the longest serving masters at Eton College. He assembled his collection of a 40-year period, specialising in watercolours and drawings of Italian views from the period 1740-1860.

Subjects include the ruins and classical remains of the Grand Tour and views of the Italian countryside and cities.

Jaques focused on British artists who visited Rome and the Campagna, particularly the British circle of artists that inhabited the Italian capital at the end of 18th century.

Among the 30 drawings are works by Richard Wilson, Hubert Robert, Richard Cooper Jr, John ‘Warwick’ Smith and William Pars. Prices range from £1600-25,000, with the watercolour depicted here by Jacob More (1740-93) priced at £7500.