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Tivoli - Landscape with a Statue and Group of Figures
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Tivoli - Landscape with a Statue and Group of Figures
c.1752-56 (undated)
Black chalk on grey paper, slightly washed and heightened with white
233 x 411 mm
9 3/16 x 16 3/16 in.
In the distance to the right is the so-called Villa of Maecenas. In the foreground by the side of a rivulet that flows under an archway, figures have assembled before a statue, or perhaps an orator, to carry out a sacrifice.
London, Cardiff and New Haven 1982-83 (35)
Bequeathed by the Revd Alexander Dyce 1869
Unsigned; inscribed lower right corner in black ink: 648
The setting is inspired by the view of the so-called Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli on which Wilson based a number of paintings (P71 and versions)
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; Solkin 1982, p. 163