Abraham Rodolphe Louis Ducros was a Swiss artist specialising in topographical views who became closely involved with English travellers and collectors on the “Grand Tour” of Italy. As a consequence of that connection, he came to play an important part in the development of watercolour painting in England. He was taken up and given substantial commissions by Sir Richard Colt Hoare, who had inherited the Wiltshire house and park of Stourhead from his grandfather, Henry Hoare, creator of the spectacular gardens there.