(1744 - 1796)
The Carnival at Rome: The Piazza del Popolo
Sir John Halkett of Pitfirrane
Descendant married Mrs Beague of Hollom House, Dulverton
Mildmay and by descent
David Allan is considered one of Scotland’s greatest artists working at the end of the 18th Century. He went to study painting in Rome in 1764 and on his return he was much in demand for his views of Rome. The Prince Regent acquired ten drawings by Allan from Colnaghi in 1812 (now in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle) and five of these had been exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1779 as ‘Five drawings representing the Amusements, Manners etc. of the Carnival at Rome’. One of the drawings in the Royal Collection shows the same scene but with differences (i.e the obelisk) as the present drawing and was engraved by Paul Sandby in 1780. Valerie Hunter of the National Gallery of Scotland believes that Allan did two versions of this drawing so that he could make a print from it at a later date, having given the first version to Sandby.
The present drawing was once owned by the Halkett family whose family portrait Allan painted and which is now hanging in the National Gallery in Edinburgh.