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Panoramic View of San Marino
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Panoramic View of San Marino
1750-51 (undated)
Black chalk on three sheets of white paper
193 x 812 mm
7 5/8 x 32 in.
Private Collection, England
RF65
D47
Before an extensive landscape of the principality of San Marino, an artist (presumed to be Wilson himself) is shown drawing in the company of a gentleman, presumed to be his patron and travelling companion, William Lock of Norbury.
London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-3 (18); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed in Wilson's hand, upper left: S.M.
The rough appearance of the drawing suggests that it was taken in haste during the journey from Venice to Rome
[1] Slight sketch on verso of the righthand sheet of a postillion riding the left of two horses, seen from behind as if by passengers in a coach
The tiny and ancient republic of San Marino is nine miles south of Rimini on the north-eastern side of the Apennine Mountains.
D45 San Marino, Italy, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (66.2)
This is the largest and the most ambitious of the drawings Wilson made on his journey from Venice to Rome. It comprises three sheets joined to give a panoramiuc aspect. The two figures in the left foreground, one of them drawing, presumably represent or refer to Wilson himself and William Lock his companion - the only example of figures of the artist and this patron in Wilson's entire oeuvre. A smaller and slighter sketch by Wilson of San Marino, showing the town itself, is D45 (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California).
Constable 1954, p. 144, fig.12; Solkin 1982, p. 156; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF65