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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 19(v) and 20(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 19(v) and 20(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 v19 & r20
19(v): A group of poplars is seen behind a wall and closed gate
20(r): A quick study of a funeral altar
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Unsigned; 20(r) inscribed on the right side: D[is].M[anibus]. [/] [illegible marks]
The location of the poplars is too general for identification, as is that of the funeral altar, which is decorated with a ewer (urceus), perhaps symbolising the outpouring of a libation or of life itself and inscribed 'To the blessed Souls of the Dead ...'
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 18-19; vol. 2, p. 38
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).