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A Ruined Arch
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Ruined Arch
c.1753-54 (undated)
Black chalk heightened with white on grey paper
265 x 190 mm
10 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
One ancient arch stands above another, both partly overgrown
Exeter 1946 (28 - A Ruin); Birmingham 1948-49 (99c); London 1949 (98c); London 1969 (169); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Unsigned; no inscription
E72/35 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, Part of the Amphitheatre at Rome, The British Museum, and other impressions
One of a large collection of Wilson's Italian drawings originally owned by William Lock of Norbury Park. Most of these were studies of nature dating from Wilson's journey to and stay in Rome. Michael Kitson noted that like his predecessor, Claude, Wilson enjoyed sketching ruins and his work similarly often conveys a nostalgia for Antiquity, though his approach was more openly sentimental than Claude's and perhaps owes as much to seventeenth-century Dutch landscapists in Rome as to Claude himself.
M. Kitson & D. Howard, The Art of Claude Lorraine, London, Arts Council, 1969, p. 71; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 71, RF 82