Agostino Aglio – At Brighton 1829


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Inscribed on a separate piece of paper in brown ink ‘At Brighton 1829′.

Watercolour and ink wash with white highlights executed on the reverse side of a printed flyleaf: Hastings and its Environs. Drawn on Stone by A. Aglio etc. Presented in a new mount.

Sheet: 7 3/4 x 11 in. (19.5 x 28 cm.)
Mount: 12 3/4 x 16 in. (32.5 x 40.8 cm.)


The subject echoes an oil painting by John Constable of the Chain Pier which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1827. Also, a very similar view was taken by J M W Turner without the changing hut on the left, in the collection of Tate Britain: Reference D22773 Turner Bequest CCXLIV 111.


Aglio, Agostino (1777-1857)

Agostino Aglio was an Italian painter, decorator, and engraver. He was born at Cremona and initially studied at the Brea Academy under Giocondo Albertolli, and then travelled to Rome to work under Campovecchio Mantovano. In 1803 he came to England to assist William Wilkins, the well-known architect, in the production of his Antiquities of Magna Graecia which was published in 1807. For many years Aglio was employed in the decoration of theaters, churches, and country mansions both in England and Ireland. In 1819, he was employed, along with the architect Giovanni Battista Comolli, in painting vast frescoes for the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary Moorfields, London. Between the years 1820 and 1830, he published several books on art including a Collection of Capitals and Friezes drawn from the Antique and Antiquities of Mexico illustrated with over 1000 plates, drawn from the originals. He also painted a portrait of Queen Victoria, which was engraved. A street in modern-day Cremona is named after the artist.