The Forum, Rome

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Riviere's father was a drawing master in London. Riviere studied at the RA Schools and initially exhibited copies of works by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). He exhibited at the RA between 1835 and 1871 and became a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1852. He moved to Rome in 1865 and almost exclusively produced watercolours of the city and its inhabitants. The Forum was originally a marketplace. For centuries it was the centre of public life for Romans, used for elections, processions, speeches, criminal trials and gladiatorial contests. It was adorned with statues of and monuments to important figures.