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View in the Apennines, between Foligno and Loretto [sic]
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
View in the Apennines, between Foligno and Loretto [sic]
c.1751-52 (undated)
Black chalk on white paper, stuck down on old fawn card
136 x 221 mm
5 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.
A valley in the Apennines is depicted, with a shepherd and sheep descending to the left.
Bequeathed by the Revd Alexander Dyce, 1869
[1] Upper centre, graphite in Wilson's hand: 'View on the Apennines between Foligno & Loretto [sic]'
[2] Lower right corner, black ink in later hand: 654
[1] Lower centre, black graphite: 295 Wilson
The ancient town of Foligno is in east central Umbria, on the Topino river where it leaves the Apennines and enters the wide plain of the Clitunno river system. It is situated 40 kilometres (25 miles) south-east of Perugia. Loreto is located 127 meters (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river and 22 kilometers (14 miles) south-southeast of Ancona providing good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.
Drawn on the spot during Wilson's journey from Venice to Rome in 1751/52. Wilson's title implies that Foligno was reached before Loreto.
DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce, London : South Kensington Museum, 1874, p. 97
The image is slight and smudgy in places