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View from the Back of St Peter's, Rome
Private Collection / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
View from the Back of St Peter's, Rome
c.1752-56 (undated)
Black chalk, heightened with white, on brownish paper
285 x 426 mm
11 3/16 x 16 3/4 in.
Private Collection, England
The view shows a section of Rome from outside the city to the south with the buildings of the Vatican prominent against the sky at the centre. In the foreground are two standing figures, perhaps intended as monks, and one seated on a laden donkey.
Exeter 1946 (10); Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, British Artists in Europe, 1973 (1, repr.); Conwy 2009 (8)
Thomas Hudson; Benjamin Booth; his son, the Revd R.S. Booth; Elizabeth Booth and Marianne Booth (later Lady Ford); thence by descent
Signed in monogram, lower left: RW. [the R reversed]
[1] Benjamin Booth, pencil: from Hudson's Colln | was purchased at His Auction | B.B.
[2] In Revd R.S. Booth's hand: R. Booth
[1] Recto lower left in pencil: Mr Hudson's collection Wm Dashwood [?]
[1] Verso: Bookplate of Richard Ford with the Ford coat of arms and in ink his signature and the title, View from the Back of St Peter's
Walpole Society 1998-I, pp. 20-21, BB49; Lord 2009, p. 50