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Study for Celadon and Amelia (Landscape: The Effect of a violent Storm)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for Celadon and Amelia (Landscape: The Effect of a violent Storm)
c.1765 (undated)
Black and red chalk, softened with stump and heightened with white, mounted on fragment of old, lined beige card
179 x 235 mm
7 x 9 1/4 in.
Landscape with a violent storm. The sky is charged with heavy masses of cloud and a woman lies struck by lightning under a tree, left centre, while her lover runs towards her with a spear in his hand.
Paul Sandby; bequeathed to the museum by the Revd Alexander Dyce, 1869
Unsigned; no inscription
Lower centre modern hand in ballpoint pen: DYCE 641
[1] Lower right in graphite on old mount: 297
[2] Lower centre in decorative graphite on old mount: Richard Wilson
The subject derives from lines 1191-1214 of 'Summer' from The Seasons by the Scottish poet and playwright, James Thomson (1700-1748).
E18 William Woollett and John Browne after Wilson, Celadon and Amelia, 1766, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven, and other impressions.
Richard Wilson, Celadon and Amelia (Location unknown)
The mixed chalk media are highly unusual for Wilson. The composition is in reverse from the painting but the prostrate figure of the lifeless maiden is the same as that introduced in 'Mr. Locks picture' (location unknown), engraved by William Woollett and John Browne.
Box DG 7
DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce, London : South Kensington Museum, 1874, p. 95; WGC, p. 165, pl. 24c
In good condition