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Landscape and Figures
National Galleries of Scotland / Photography by Antonia Reeve
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Landscape and Figures
c.1752-54 (undated)
Black and white chalk on brown paper laid down
129 x 215 mm
5 1/16 x 8 7/16 in.
D 1356
In the centre foreground two figures are seen on the shore of a lake. In the middle distance other figures are discernible, perhaps hunters with hounds.
Paul Sandby [...] David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy; transferred 1910
Unsigned; inscribed on mount (see 'Mount inscriptions')
[1] Lower left corner: Paul Sandby (Lugt 2112)
[2] Lower left corner: unknown
[1] Inscribed in pencil on the 19th century mount, lower right: Wilson
The choice of media is one which Wilson seems to have particularly favoured. According to Ozias Humphrey, 'Mr Wilson says the best and most expeditious mode of drawing landskips from nature is with black chalk and a stump on brownish paper touched with white' (Whitley 1700-1799, vol I, p.385, quoted in Ford 1951, p. 26)
Whitley 1700-1799, vol I, p. 385; Ford 1951, pp. 26, 35 & 47; Baker 2011, pp. 413 & 414 repr.
For Sandby's connections with Wilson (with whom he sketched and for whom he disposed of drawings), see Ford 1951, pp. 35 & 47