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WILLIAM PARS, A.R.A. (1742-1782)

WILLIAM PARS, A.R.A. (1742-1782)


Pen & ink with wash

18 x 24 cm





William Pars travelled to Italy in 1775 with a bursary given to him by the Society of Dilettanti. He spent much of his time in Rome, alongside other prominent British landscape painters including Francis Towne, John ‘Warwick’ Smith, and Thomas Jones, all of whom became close friends and regular painting companions during this period. Pars remained in Italy until his death in 1782 from pleurisy, thought to have been contracted when sketching standing in water. He is therefore one of the few artists who can reasonably say that they died for their art.

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