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The Fall of the Liri at Isola di Sora (The Falls at Tivoli)
Abbott and Holder Ltd
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Fall of the Liri at Isola di Sora (The Falls at Tivoli)
c.1755 (undated)
Black chalk with traces of white on grey paper laid down
273 x 400 mm
10 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. in.
Location Unknown
View showing a large waterfall and bridge with a rocky riverbed below. To the left is an irregular castello with a classical porch, and below are domestic buildings incorporating ancient ruins.
London 1925 (81)
Benjamin Booth; Marianne, Lady Ford; by descent to Captain Richard Ford; Sotheby's, 24 November 1965; Bonham's Oxford, 13 June 2012 (133); with Abbot and Holder Ltd, 2012; present location unknown
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Centre in faded black ink: Rich' Wilson' / a View at Tivoli / mounted for me by Paul Sandby. / BB/Nov.88
[2] Lower centre in faded black ink: Marianne Ford
Robert Adam, The Falls of Liri, Sora, Italy, c. June 1756, contained in the album 'The Travel Drawings of Robert and James Adam', vol. 1/243, Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Despite the verso inscription, the falls do not resemble those at Tivoli. An alternative and more convincing location has been suggested as the falls of the river Liri near Isola di Sora, Lazio.
The drawing seems to have been much damaged, with parts missing from the corners and edges which were repaired by Paul Sandby, an early admirer of Wilson, prior to purchase by Benjamin Booth.