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Villa Negroni, Rome
Private Collection / Christie's Images Limited 2019
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Villa Negroni, Rome
c.1753-54 (undated)
Black chalk heightened with white on blue-grey laid paper
220 x 192 mm
8 5/8 x 7 9/16 in.
A villa and associated outbuildings stand amongst trees with an equestrian statue on a pedestal nearby on the left. A row of smaller trees lead up to it and to their right in the foreground three figures are shown working in the field with a large container.
London, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co Ltd,Exhibition of English Drawings, Watercolours and Paintings 14 November-7 December 1973 (82)
Richard Ford; Sotheby's, 5 April 1973 (43); with Colnaghi, November 1973; Professor Eric Stanley; Christie's London, 2 July 2019 (200)
Inscribed in black chalk, lower centre: Negroni
[1] Faded black ink, upper centre: 389 [?]
[2] Brown ink, upper right: Richard Ford
[3] Pencil, lower left corner: Pencil drawing | by Wilson
[4] Pencil lower right corner: E 601 Hxx
[5] Pencil, lower right corner: Landscape | 22 x 16 | cox
In the late 16th century Pope Sixtus V (1521-1590), while still a cardinal, bought a large estate and villa in the northern part of Rome. In 1696 it was sold to Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Negroni and became known as Villa Negroni. It was demolished in the 19th century.
D149 A Wayside Hut,The British Museum
D230 Villa Negroni, Private Collection, England
[1] Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), Villa Negroni, c.1794-97, graphite and wash on paper,
Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester (D1963.2)
The drawing is likely to have been begun en plein air and worked up in the studio. A better-known drawing of the same subject from a different viewpoint is in an English private collection (D230) and another version of that is in the British Museum (D149). A drawing of the villa was sold at the Esdaile sale, Christie's, 20 March 1838 (636).
Ford 1951, p. 55 under cat. 27