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A Roman Table Support
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Ascribed to Wilson
A Roman Table Support
c.1753 (undated)
Black chalk heightened with white on grey paper
159 x 242 mm
6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
An ancient altar, tilted upwards to the right. A carved half-figure appears at the left end and a small and complete carved figure at the right.
Exeter 1946 (23 - A Classical Fragment); Tercentenary 2014 (21)
Marianne Ford 1807; thence by descent
Inscribed verso
[1] In Lady Ford's hand: Marianne Ford
[2] In Lady Ford's hand: Wilson
The figures on the support, formerly in the Villa Madama, Rome, but since 1796 in the Naples Museum, represent Scylla and a centaur with a cupid on his back. Antiquities of a similar type occur in the foregrounds of P117 Villa Emiliana near Rome, Private Collection, England and P104 Strada Nomentana I, Tate, London.
P104 Strada Nomentana I, Tate, London
P117 Villa Emiliana near Rome, Private Collection, England
Joseph Farington, Sketchbook, 1763, Victoria and Albert Museum (P72-1921), drawing inscribed 'A Tomb after H.' Brinsley Ford suggested that the 'H' in the Farington copy inscription signified Wilson's pupil in Rome, A.F. Harper (1725-1806).
The detail in the drawing and its worn condition, suggesting frequent handling in the studio, indicate that it may be Wilson's original, recorded in several copies by pupils and followers, rather than by either A.F. Harper or William Hodges, as previously believed.
S. Reinach, Repertoire de Reliefs, Paris, 1912, vol. 3, p. 67; Ford 1951, p. 53, no. 14; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 74 (attributed to A.F. Harper); Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 220
The paper is torn and worn