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Landscape near Rome
Birmingham Museums Trust
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Landscape near Rome
c.1754 (undated)
Pen and black chalk, heightened with white
268 x 410 mm
10 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.
In the foreground a man on horseback is led out of a dark wood by another man with a staff. The rough road stretches back towards a Baroque pedimented church in the distance. A robed figure is coming out of the church, and nearby another gives alms to a seated beggar-woman.
RA 1949 (3); Worthing 1960 (5)
J. Leslie Wright; acquired 1953
Unsigned; no inscription
Located between the lakes of Nemi and Albano on the Via Appia Nuova, southeast of Rome, Ariccia was celebrated for its groves, thought to have been the hunting grounds of the goddess Diana. The area had been a haunt of Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675). whom Wilson greatly admired.
P46 Ariccia I, Tate, London and other versions
Ford 1951, p. 64, under no. 84; WGC, p. 193 under pl. 68a