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Study for 'The Murder'
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for 'The Murder'
c.1752 (undated)
Black chalk (rubbed) on grey paper
197 x 359 mm
7 13/16 x 14 1/8 in.
WA1855.135
D173
Chambers Hall Gift, 1855
Unsigned; no inscription
Some stump work is evident, for example on the rocks in the foreground
[1] Lower right corner: Chambers Hall (Lugt 551)
[2] Lower right corner: Oxford University Galleries (Lugt 2003)
Variants exist, notably the finished drawing formerly in the collection of the Earls of Dartmouth (D322 Landscape with Banditti: The Murder, National Museum Wales, Cardiff)
P50 Landscape with Banditti: The Murder, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Ford May 1951, p. 162, fig. 22; WGC, p. 157, pl. 12c; Brown 1982, p. 665, no. 1901, pl. 550
The sheet was, at some time, torn into eight sections and has been pieced together. There is some rubbing of the black chalk.