PARS, William
(b. 1742, London, d. 1782, Roma)

The Rhône Glacier and the Source of the Rhône

1770-71
Watercolour and India ink, 330 x 484 mm
British Museum, London

In the eighteenth century well-placed English young men had been traveling to south to expand their knowledge of antique sites and Renaissance art. They took watercolourists along with them on their journey in order to record the atmosphere they so enjoyed.