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Study of Foliage
National Galleries of Scotland / Photography by Antonia Reeve
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study of Foliage
c.1751-52 (undated)
Black chalk on light green paper, laid down
202 x 261 mm
7 15/16 x 10 1/4 in.
D 4660
Paul Sandby; Dr John Percy (1817-1889), Bayswater, London; C.H. Westonthorpe, Gloucester Gardens, London; Sotheby's, 29 July 1901 (50); Sir Edward Marsh; presented through the National Art Collections Fund, 1953
Inscribed verso
[1] Dr John Percy, stamp lower left (Lugt 1504)
[2] Dr John Percy stamp verso of mount (Lugt 1504)
[1] Verso in a C19 hand, lower right in ink: Sketch by R. Wilson Purchd. at Paul Sandby's Sale | Nov. 1827
[2] Verso upper centre, in a later hand: Bought at Sotheby's, 29 July 1901, | at a Miscellaneous sale of Prints & |Drawings, Lot 50. Coll: of C.H. Westonthorpe, of Gloucester Gardens, Hyde Park
D265 Study of Foliage, National Galleries of Scotland (D 4661)
D266 Study of a Plant, Private Collection, England
D267 Study of a Plant, Private Collection , England
P127 The Lake of Nemi or Speculum Dianae with Dolbadarn Castle (Diana and Callisto)
A smaller sketch of similar foliage by Wilson D266 Study of a Plant, Private Collection, England, is inscribed verso: done at the Villa Madama, i.e. when the artist was in Rome (1751-57). Drawings from the life were useful as models for foliage in such major paintings as P127.
Baker 2011, p. 413