Evening Amusement at Rome by David Allan (1744-1796).
Allan was born in Alloa, but at the age of 11 went to study art at Glasgow's Foulis Academy. The Academy was run by two brothers, Robert and Andrew Foulis, and was Britain's first continental-style art school. Pupils learned by copying the works of great artists from a collection of over 300 works of art.
The Academy also offered bursaries for students to travel to Rome. Allan went there in 1767 and remained for ten years, supported by wealthy patrons. There was a thriving Scottish community in the city, consisting of gentlemen on the "Grand Tour", exiled Jacobites and artists - in fact Rome has been described as "a second centre of Scottish art" in the latter half of the 18th century. One of the most important of these artists was Allan's mentor Gavin Hamilton (1723-1798), a graduate of the University of Glasgow.
This image shows something of the lifestyle enjoyed by Scots in Rome during the 18th century.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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