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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings p. 13(v) Study of Trees near Water with Figures p. 14(r) Study of a Woman reclining on a Bed
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings p. 13(v) Study of Trees near Water with Figures p. 14(r) Study of a Woman reclining on a Bed
1754
Graphite with black and white chalk on medium, rough, blued white wove paper
281 x 210 mm (each sheet)
11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (each sheet)
B1977.14.359 v13 & r14
D280/13
The left page depicts what appears to be a picnic taking place under trees near water. On the right page a girl in peasant costume reclines on a stone bench in what is probably a grotto.
Oxford 1937 (64); New Haven, English Landscape, 1977 (15); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (39)
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963; Colnaghi & Co., London; sold to Paul Mellon
13(v) inscribed lower right: 24.4.P.
14(r) inscribed in black chalk upper left: [...]onardo of Camassea [?]
The identity of the woman remains unknown but she is in a similar pose to one of the lovers under the tree in D280/26 p. 27(r)
D280/8 Italian Sketchbook, p. 9(r)
D280/26 Italian Sketchbook, p.27(r)
13(v): Clements noted that the inscription '24.4.P' might refer to a day that Wilson spent with Lords Thanet, Pembroke, Essex and Bolingbroke in April 1754, sketching at the Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli. For another drawing of a bed see D280/8.
Object ID: 6363
Constable 1954, p. 143; Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 12-13; vol. 2, p.34; Solkin 1982, pp. 164-165
Only two sketchbooks by Wilson have survived - the present one (D280-D280/33) and D53-D53/81 Studies and Designs by R. Wilson done in Rome in the Year MDCCLII, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (E.3586-1922).
05/03/2019