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Cattolica
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Cattolica
1751 (undated)
Black chalk
165 x 253 mm
6 1/2 x 10 in.
Private Collection, England
RF68
D48
London 1925 (77A); Exeter 1946 (41); Birmingham 1993 (56)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed in Wilson's hand at upper left: Catolica
Inscribed in Wilson's hand below the arch on the right: Rimini
Cattolica lies about ten miles south of Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Already settled in Roman times the town became important as a stopping point for pilgrims travelling from Bologna through Ancona to Rome, en route for the sanctuary of Loreto or St Peter's.
The drawing was one of a number made on the journey from Venice to Rome which Wilson undertook in the company of William Lock of Norbury.
Ford 1951, pp.18-20, 52, pl.5; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF68