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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 17(v) and 18(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 17(v) and 18(r)
Graphite with black chalk on medium, rough, blued white wove paper
281 x 210 mm (each sheet)
11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (each sheet)
B1977.14.359 v17 & r18
17(v) is blank
18(r) depicts a tiled rooftop with chimneys and part of an arch or aqueduct beyond
Tercentenary 2014 (143)
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
18(r) inscribed illegibly on roof, lower right
18(r): The view was probably taken from the window of Wilson's lodgings in Rome or the Roman Campagna. Clements suggested that the word inscribed on the roof was intended as a colour notation.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 16-17; vol. 2, p. 38; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 316
Only two sketchbooks by Wilson have survived - the present one (D280-D280/33) and D53-D53/81 Studies and Designs by R. Wilson done in Rome in the Year MDCCLII, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (E.3586-1922).