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Distant View of the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, Rome
National Galleries of Scotland / Photography by Antonia Reeve
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Distant View of the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, Rome
1752-56 (undated)
Black chalk and stump on grey paper, laid down
128 x 190 mm
5 x 7 1/2 in.
D 4658
D277
A view of the Colosseum, the left side in shadow, is framed by a large tree in the left foreground and a distant view of the Forum and Rome to the right. Two figures in antique costume are walking in discussion towards the viewer in the centre foreground and three others appear to the left under the tree. In the right foreground are a fragment of antique frieze and a smaller tree.
London 1916 (58 - Landscape Composition)
Herbert Horne ; acquired by Edward Marsh, 1904; presented through the National Art-Collections Fund, 1953, from the collection of Sir Edward Marsh
Unsigned, no inscription
The artist's name and dates and the title of the work are inscribed on an early 20th century label which was presumably adhered to the verso and is now attached to its modern mount.
The Colosseum (72-80 AD) is seen from the north-east, with the Arch of Constantine (312-15 AD) in the middle distance to its right and beyond, further to the right, the Palatine Hill. The direction of the light indicates that the time is evening.
D205 A View of the Colosseum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
A slight compositional study from Wilson's period in Rome
Binyon 1916, p. 28; Baker 2011, p. 413
Some disfiguration by foxing
18/03/2021