Wife Caroline Town Stebbins

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Via di S. Basilio, 20, 00187 Roma RM.
Campo Cestio Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy

John Rollin Tilton (New London, New Hampshire, USA, 8 June, 1828 - 28 March, 1888)[1] was an Italian-American painter, mainly of vedute of picturesque urban scenes.

He was initially self-taught, but then trained in Florence, and later in Rome, where he lived for many years initially making a living painting vedute and reproductions of masters. He painted a Rome from the Aventine, the Lagoon of Venice, The Egitto, and the Lago di Averno. The American statesman Hamilton Fish bought his Vallata Chamounix, and the American businessman W. B. Astor, his Lago di Thun; Louise, lady Ashburton, Dendur in Egypt and Paestum; the Boston mayor Martin Brimmer, his Lago di Como and Venice, and Count Palfy, his Vedute of Orvieto. De Gubernatis noted that "those who found Neapolitan vedute painters, warm and scintillating, would find Tilton cold and calm." He painted many watercolors.[2]

Rollin Tilton and his wife, the writer and translator Caroline Town Stebbins (sister of Emma Stebbins),[3] gathered a following among émigrés and visitors from the English speaking world.[4] Among them were John Ruskin and Henry James.[5]


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