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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 0(v) and 1(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782) & William Hodges (1744-1797)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 0(v) and 1(r)
1754
Graphite, with white and black chalk on medium, rough, blued white wove paper, bound in vellum
281 x 210 mm
11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in.
B1977.14.359 ic & r1
D280/0
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Incriptions on fly-leaf 1(r):
[1] Pen and brown ink upper centre: 'Studies by R. Wilson [/] at Rome 1754'
[2] Black chalk, centre: 'Brockwell Bushes near Mr. Broc [/] kmans in Kent'
[3] Brown ink, lower centre: 'The gift of O. Bowles [/] to his Dear friend [/] Sir George Beaumont [/] Decr. ['r' in superscript] 2d. ['d' in superscript] 1784
Inscribed at end of volume by the artist:
'Questo Libro e de Monsu Wilson a la Caffe delli Inglesi nella Piazza de Spagnia Roma'
Object ID: 6363
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).The English Coffee House, situated on the Piazza di Spagna, served as a gathering place for the British community in Rome. For the first part of his lengthy stay there, Wilson resided on the Piazza and apparently adopted the cafe itself as his headquarters.