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On the Tiber
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
On the Tiber
c.1760 (undated)
Oil on canvas
34.2 x 43.2 cm
13 7/16 x 17 in.
Private Collection, England
A gentle landscape beneath a golden calm expanse of sky articulated only by flocks of birds in flight, is dominated by the square tower or belvedere set diagonally at the right hand side above the river, gently receding diagonally into the distance. Figures on the bank below and in the boat catch the light and add animation to the scene.
Brighton 1920 (16); Weston 2011 (15); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Parsons; Benjamin Booth (no. 12 in MS List as Villa in Italy in Grove on the Tiber); The Revd R.S. Booth; Lady Ford; The Revd James Ford; Edmund Ford; Robert Ford; his daughter, Mrs Rogers; Lionel Rogers of Penrose; bequeathed 1961 to the niece of his wife, Joanna, Lady Ford
Signed with monogram lower right: RW
D344 Banks of the Tiber, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
E72/29 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, On the Tiber, The British Museum
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Booth Notes Doc. 9 (12); WGC, p. 222, pl. 114b version (I); Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 15, BB16; Williams 2011, p. 26