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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 21(v) and 22(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 21(v) and 22(r)
Graphite with black and white 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 v21 & r22
21(v): Outline drawing of distant town and bridge beyond a curving riverbank and framing tree at the left
22(r): blank
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Unsigned; no inscription
The site depicted remains uncertain. Clements noted the suggestions by Sir John Summerson and others of a view of St Paul's and the City of London from the west but the context of the sketchbook together with the mountains seen beyond and the rural foreground surely favour an Italian location or a capriccio as the subject.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 20-21; vol. 2, p. 40
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).