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Study of a Tree
Private Collection, Washington D.C.
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study of a Tree
c. 1754 (undated)
Black chalk on blue-grey laid paper
108 x 171 mm
4 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.
Private Collection, Washington D.C.
Two bare trees are shown criss-crossing in the left foreground one of which stretches over to the upper right corner. Below and behind is a river with a bridge, and in the right foreground, flowers.
Private Collection, Washington D.C., 2019
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Stamp lower left: Paul Sandby (Lugt 2112)
E18 William Woollett and John Browne after Wilson, Celadon and Amelia
P123 Lake Avernus - II, Tate, London
Most of Wilson's Italian drawings seem to have been made independently of his paintings, 'either as studies from nature, as ideas for compositions, as sketches of places visited, or as commissioned views.' (Ford 1951, p. 34). Nevertheless D405 is perhaps loosely connected with the genesis of P123 Lake Avernus - II, Tate, London and other versions or the missing Celadon and Amelia (cf. E18 and other impressions).
Trimmed along the upper right horizontal edge