Italian Port Scene - Sunset

‘Italian Port Scene – Sunset’ by Thomas Patch (1725-1782) in the manner of Claude Joseph Vernet, c. 1770. Patch consolidated his art career in Italy, and it was here he met Joshua Reynolds and worked in the studio of Claude Joseph Vernet.

This oil on canvas, painted in Florence, depicts a cove: to the right a ruined temple (probably a representation of the Nymphaeum / Temple of Minerva Medica in Rome) on the rocks at the water’s edge, a large sailing vessel is seen on the water left. In the distance a port is seen. In the foreground a small boat is moored. Three figures unload sacks from it. A further group of three people (two women and a man) stand/sit on a large rock, around the base of the rock goats and cattle. The scene is dominated by the sky. The painting itself is set within a large ornate frame in gold with acanthus and spear, semicircles and bead decoration.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Fine Art
Collection Class
oil on canvas
Common Name
Italian Port Scene - Sunset
Simple Name
Inscription Transcription
TPatch 1770 Florence; Gooden & Fox Ltd 38 Bury Street St James’ London SW1; Thomas Patch (Born in Devonshire 1720. Died at Florence 1772) An Italian Port Scene. signed & dated 1770 Florence
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Production Town
Production County
Production Country
United Kingdom: England; France
Production Date
Production Person Initials
ThomasClaude Joseph
Production Person Surname
Patch Vernet 
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Italian Port Scene - Sunset