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The Arch of Augustus at Rimini
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Arch of Augustus at Rimini
c.1751-52 (undated)
Red chalk on white paper
280 x 197 mm
11 x 7 13/16 in.
Private Collection, England
A woman and man can be seen silhouetted beneath an antique arch
Brighton 1920 (130); Exeter 1946 (1); Birmingham 1948-49 (108); Dulwich Picture Gallery, Constable, a Master Draughtsman, 13 July - 16 October 1994, Prologue, VI, repr. (this exhibition was also at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 3 May - 9 July 1995 and in part at the Frick Collection, New York, 15 November 1994 - 12 February 1995); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent to Sir Brinsley Ford; Private Collection, England
Inscribed by Wilson in graphite upper right: Rimini
D41 The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, Tate, London
D41A The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, Private Collection, England
P82 The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, Private Collection, Yorkshire, and other versions
One of a group of drawings in black or red chalk made on Wilson's journey from Venice to Rome in the carriage of William Lock. The figures are in contemporary dress and seen from behind. They seem to be noble since the man wears a prominent sash of an order of chivalry.
The Connoisseur, May 1920, p. 35 (130), repr.; Ford 1951, p. 52, pl. 8; Walpole Society 1998-I, 70, RF66
A drawing catalogued as The Arch at Rimini was in the Samuel Woodburn sale, Christie's 19 June 1854 (752)
The thin paper is stuck down and is badly cockled, especially at the upper right