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View near London
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
View near London
c.1765-70 (undated)
Oil on canvas
29.2 x 34.3 cm
11 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
BB23
P150
Brighton 1920 (3 - Landscape); Bangor 1925 (11 - Welsh Landscape); London 1925 (40 - Welsh Landscape); Manchester 1925 (25 - Welsh Landscape); Exeter 1946 (62 - Landscape); London 1968 (4); Conwy 2009 (18); Weston 2011 (20); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Parsons (d. 1795); Benjamin Booth; The Revd R.S. Booth; Lady Ford; Richard Ford; Sir Francis Clare Ford; John G. Ford; Sir Brinsley Ford; thence by family descent
The emptiness of the landscape and its cloudy sky led to it being regarded as a Welsh scene for a time.
Booth Notes Doc. 9 (5 - a -do. [View] Near London was W. Parsons Comn.); Anon [M.H. Grant], 'Richard Wilson at Brighton', Burlington Magazine,vol. 36, no. 205, April 1920, p. 194 & pl. II, B;; WGC, pp. 46, 92, 180, pl. 44b; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 17, BB23; Lord 2009, p. 56, no. 18; Williams 2011, no. 20
This painting is first recorded as having belonged to William Parsons (1736-95), a well-known actor and comedian, known as 'Roscius'. According to Booth, who acquired the painting in about 1790, he owned several Wilsons.