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The Log Fire
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Log Fire
c.1751-52 (undated)
Black and red chalks, heightened with white, on grey paper
172 x 242 mm
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
RF73
D71
Exeter 1946 (25 - Logs burning)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
P51 Landscape with Banditti round a Tent, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Probably a study for the log fire in the right foreground of P51 Landscape with Banditti round a Tent, National Museum Wales, Cardiff, painted in 1752 for the Earl of Wicklow. Wilson began to use grey paper for his drawings soon after his arrival in Rome, following the example of French artists there.
Ford 1951, pp. 25-26; Ford May 1951, p. 162, fig. 25: Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF 73