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Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
c.1750-51 (undated)
Black chalk
172 x 203 mm
6 3/4 x 8 in.
Private Collection, England
Exeter 1946 (37); Birmingham 1948-49 (105)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed in the artist's hand at the lower centre: Palada
If this is intended as Palata, the site is on the eastern coast of Italy in the region of Molise, between Pescara and Foggia and east of Rome. However, Robin Simon has proposed the site as the Rio della Palada on the Giudecca, Venice.
If Simon's identification is correct the church in the left background could be Sant' Eufemia, although a drawing by Canaletto of c.1730 shows that it then had a taller tower with a spire.
Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF 71