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The Colosseum, Rome with Figures in the Foreground
Karen Taylor Fine Art
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Colosseum, Rome with Figures in the Foreground
1752-56
Black and white chalks and stump on laid paper
262 x 400 mm
10 5/16 x 15 3/4 in.
D277A
A view of the Colosseum, the left side in shadow, is framed by a large tree in the left foreground and a distant view of the Forum and Rome to the right. Two men in antique costume are walking in discussion towards the viewer in the centre foreground and three other less distinct figures appear to the right, by a section of fallen fluted columnn, a fragment of antique frieze and small ancient arches.
With Karen Taylor Fine Art, London, 2021
Signed lower left on diagonal creeper: R [?] W
Modern label on backboard upper right, blue ink encircled: 94
The Colosseum (72-80 AD) is seen from the north-east, with the Arch of Constantine (312-15 AD) in the middle distance to its right and beyond, further to the right, the Palatine Hill. The direction of the light indicates that the time is evening.
D205 A View of the Colosseum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A worked up version of D277.
Laid down on modern faun card. In sealed modern gilt frame and mount. Verso unseen. Dimensions framed: 508 x 634 mm (20 x 24 15/16 in.). Repaired small hole upper right. Faint brown spotting scattered across upper section.