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Studies & Designs: Landscape with two Figures under Trees
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: Landscape with two Figures under Trees
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching, with etching
155 x 207 mm
6 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.
Landscape with a man and a woman under trees in the left foreground. The man gestures to the right across a river winding through fields - all in an etched rectangular border.
Bought from Samuel & Sons, 1863
Lettered below the image: 'Wilson inv | Whessell sc'
No precise subject seems intended and the dress of the figures combines the ancient with the modern
D53/20 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 20, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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From a set of small soft-ground etchings by Whessell at the British Museum ( E60/1- E60/44). These were made after Wilson's drawings in the sketchbook of the same title at the Victoria & Albert Museum (D53-D53/81).The present print is taken from p. 20 (D53/20). In 1811 the etchings were published by the Oxford-based publisher, Robert Archer in more than one format - this one with an introduction and list of subscribers.