Rome from Mount Aventine (1835) – Joseph Mallord William Turner
Considered one of Turner’s supreme achievements, the painting sold for £30.3 million, making it the highest price for any pre-20th century British artist ever sold at auction. Rome was the cradle of western civilisation and the centre of the European art world from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. It was the Holy Grail for artists in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
On this day …
1791 The Observer, the UK's oldest Sunday newspaper, was first published.
1918 Woodrow Wilson became the first American President to visit a foreign country. He sailed to France, to negotiate the peace treaty ending World War I.
1976 Tommy Bolin, lead guitarist with Deep Purple died of a drug overdose, age 25.
Did you know …?
There are more statues of lions in the world than there are real lions.