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Venus and Satyr
Private Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Venus and Satyr
c.1752 (undated)
Oil on canvas
48.3 x 62.9 cm [unseen]
19 x 24 3/4 in. [unseen]
Location Unknown
Painted in Rome for Ralph Howard (1727-1789; Viscount Wicklow from 1785); by descent to William Cecil James, 8th Earl of Wicklow, Shelton Abbey, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, Ireland; Sotheby's London, 23 October 1950 (1600 - Venus and Satire by Coypel); bt Father D.J. Lucey; Sotheby's 1 December 1954 (144), bt Burfitt
One of Wilson's two first and only nudes as such (see also P40). Both were painted at a time when Wilson was influenced by Titian.
Ford May 1951, p. 166, fig. 21; WGC, pl. 16b; Clark & Bowron 1985, p. 255 under cat. 165; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 58, fig. 50