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Studies & Designs: Oblique View of an Italian House with tall Chimney, attached Archway, Travellers and Fisherman
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: Oblique View of an Italian House with tall Chimney, attached Archway, Travellers and Fisherman
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching on India laid paper
105 x 150 mm
4 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.
NMW A 10966
E60/12A
Oblique view of an Italian house with tall chimney, impressive portico and, to the right, an attached archway giving onto a street or yard and casting a strong shadow. Two resting figures are silhouetted against the opening, one sitting and the other standing, bearing a staff or rod on his shoulder. On the left two figures with staffs perhaps pilgrims, are walking across a bridge over a river towards an elevated cross. Another figure, probably a fisherman, appears below the bridge. In the far distance a mountain is visible. All within an etched rectangular border.
Thomas Henry Thomas Bequest 1916
Lettered below the image 'Wilson del. | Whessell Sc'
D53/11 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 11, Victoria & Albert Museum,, London
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From a set of small soft-ground etchings by Whessell made after Wilson's drawings in a sketchbook at the Victoria & Albert Museum (D53-D53/81). The present one is taken from p. 11 (D53/11). In 1811 the etchings were published by the Oxford-based publisher, Robert Archer in more than one format.
16.182
Archer 1811, p. 20
Proof state