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Tower and Bastion by the Sea
Photograph Courtesy of Mallams
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Tower and Bastion by the Sea
1750-57 (undated)
Oil on canvas
18 x 21.5 cm
7 1/16 x 8 1/2 in.
Thomas Bean
Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1888 (197); Brighton 1920 (30)
Benjamin Booth; Rev R.S. Booth; Marianne Booth, Lady Ford; Richard Ford; Sir Francis Clare Ford; Captain Richard Ford; Mrs Richard Ford; thence by descent; Mallams Cheltenham, 21 January 2021 (116a), where acquired by present owner
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Verso, upper right corner of stretcher: Seal of Marianne Booth, Lady Ford
[1] Upper horizontal member of frame, centre, torn and half-concealed old handwritten label, barely legible: 6 [?]
[2] Right vertical member of frame, old printed and handwritten label in black ink:
Title of Picture: Small oval landscape | Walls Tower & buildings
Name of owner: Sir Clare Ford C.B.
[3] Left vertical member of frame, lower end, torn concealed blank round label with serrated edge
[4] Lower horizontal member of frame, fragment of old, handwritten label, partly legible: is | Richard Wilson
P230 Entrance to a Town, Private Collection UK [pendant]
Described in Booth Notes Doc. 9 as '2 -- a View in Italy by Sea Side pad: there [?] (oval)'. This seems to be evidence that the work was painted during Wilson's year in Italy (1750-57) and perhaps that it was executed en plein air.
Booth Notes Doc. 9, p. 1, no. 2; Capt. R. Ford, MS. Notebook and Inventory, p. 50; WGC, p. 227, pl. 120a