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Stone Archways
Birmingham Museums Trust
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Stone Archways
c.1752-56 (undated)
Brown ink, black chalk and stump on beige laid paper
160 x 232 mm
6 1/4 x 9 1/8 in.
Before two massive stone archways leading into a large ancient building reminiscent of the colosseum, ancient stonework is scattered. In the left foreground a woman, perhaps a shepherdess, sitting with two small children is seen in profile, while in the centre further back stand two or three other figures, apparently in classical costume. In the distance on the left a domed ruin is discernible.
RA 1949; English Eye II, 1958, (39); Worthing 1960 (1)
Joseph Farington; Victor Rienaecker; J. Deffett Francis; given to Daisy (1870-1901), daughter of Lionel Brough, February 1881; [...] J. Leslie Wright; acquired by Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 1953
Unsigned; inscribed verso
1. Presented to my daughter Daisy by J. Deffett Francis, Esq., Feby 1881 [/] Drawing by Richard Wilson R.A. and countersigned by [/] Joseph Farringdon R.A. (J F) [/] Lionel Brough
2. Wilson
3. JF [monogram of Joseph Farington]
Old mount with sight lines and verso inscriptions
A letter dated Feb 1881 in the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery curatorial archives records the gift by J. Deffett Francis of the drawing to 'Darling Daisy', the daughter of Lionel Brough. Brough (1836-1909) was a leading comic actor in London during the 1870s and 1880s. His younger daughter 'Daisy' (originally Margaret) died of peritonitis in 1901, aged 31.